Yes, I have sort of stolen the title ‘BEAUTIFUL TUFI’ for my book, I know. I guess I first encountered this phrase as a chapter title in expat Colin Baker’s book Doodle-Buggers in Paradise. This is a hard-to-get, out-of-print book that I borrowed from former Tufi resort manager Simon Tewson some years back, and besides some amusing stories from around the time of independence (70s) the title stuck in my mind.
I have then learned that the beauty of Tufi has been commented by just about every passer-by, and that the Tufi people themselves are certainly aware of this particular characteristic of their home grounds.
Captain John Moresby, who ‘discovered’ this coastline in 1874, was mesmerized by this particular stretch, and then followed William MacGregor, British New Guinea’s first governor; Albert MacLaren, who established the Anglican mission on this coast; and George Le Hunte, MacGregors successor and the official who opened the the Cape Nelson (Tufi) colonial station in 1900 – they all commented on the beauty of the Tufi fjords in their reports and reminiscencies.
In 1921 the famous Australian photographer Frank Hurley visited British New Guinea. His love for the country came in full bloom when he stayed for some days at Wanigela and at Awanen – the southernmost of the Tufi bays. In his diary he wrote about:
“…palm fringed ribbons of golden beaches, washed by deep blue waters streached with opalescent tints of coral shallows; inlets studded with verdant islets, reclining at the base of somber wooded bluffs; a scene that calls back memories…” (Pearls and Savages p. 72).
In recent years diver/travel photographer and writer Don Silcock has used Beautiful Tufi in his writings as well (try Google his name for some fascinating articles and fabulous underwater photography!).
So ‘Beautiful Tufi’ is not just a tacky title, it’s just the way it is. It’s a fact! And I found it a most appropriate title for my book.
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