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Peacmakers - Wesley Historical Society

PEACEMAKERS - The Story of David Pausu




Chapter 1 - Birth and Childhood
Henry's Story
Chapter 2 - Abandoned Children

Chapter 3 - The Treasury Islands

Chapter 4 - David, The Peacemaker
The Joumeying's of a Deputation
Chapter 5 - Siwai Journey

Chapter 6 - To Kieta
Musical Dora
Chapter 7 - Dreams, Visions and Folklore
The Magical Axe
Derua, Porua 6 Hurang
Kewa the Rrefly
The Flying Fox & the Eagle
The Secrets of Lake Duno
Chapter 8 - Medical Matters

Chapter 9 - On Circuit
Frontier Problems
Chapter 10 - Pastor and Teacher

Appendix 1 - Pioneering on Bougainville

Appendix 2 - War in the Treasuries and a new Church for Mono

Appendix 3 - Heroes of World War II
Paul Mason and Wong You
Tom Ebery and Nason to Manmaduk
Baros of Sirovi
Rev. Usaia Sotutu B.E.M.
Cpl.Sefanaia Sukanaivalu
"Montevideo Maru"


David Pausu was undoubtedly the most loved and influential man in Siwai, southern Bougainville, and he was loved and respected in many areas beyond the Siwai district Widely known as the Peacemaker, it is fitting that his story should be told with some degree of accuracy, before those who knew him intimately should pass from the scene, and he become just a memory.

That he was able to bring about peace between Kauma, the most influential chief of Siwai, and his enemy L.empo. sparked off his 'peacemaking' in other areas of Bougainville. These two rival chiefs lived in areas not widely separated, in fact their spheres of influence were very closely joined. Kauma was the chief of the Tonu tribal area. and tempo of the Sireigori area. and their long-stt'jnding dispute had come about over a family row involving adultery.

Who was this man David Pausu? Throughout his adult life in Siwai he was a Methodist pastor teacher, a man who had had the advantage of very little training, but a man with a vast under-standing of life and all its problems. He was a small insignificant-looking man, but a man of tremendous personal faith in Jesus Christ, and in the cause of the Christian Church. He lived to be a very old man by any native standards, and he was reliably estimated to have reached over 90 years of age at the time of his death. His Bfe span covered the years of the coming to Bougain-vilte of the first European influences: the evil days of 'blackbirding': the coming of the earliest of Christian missionary activity anywhere in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands; two world wars; invasion by Japanese; and all the changes of education and better health brought to his people. And amidst all these changes, David was a steadying influence, and gave the people of Siwai wise guidance.

He was bom in the central Siwai area known as Rataiku round about the time when the Rev. Dr. George Brown, the first missionary in New Guinea, was implanting the Gospel in the Duke of York Islands and New Britian in 1875.