DUBUY HIGHWAY – GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY IS ON – KURIVA.
Event: Dubuy Highway Ground Breaking Ceremony.
Location: Kurivia (along Hiritano HW.
Date: 19th (Friday) February 2016.
Words By Father Charles Kape – Brief History and Background on Father Jules Dubuy.
He established Ononge in 1912. Had a great influence on the people of Lower Vetapu. In 1994-1997 people kept mentioning his name.
In the three Years I was there I learnt why even he was dead decades earlier his name kept ringing on
Among many things I would like like to mention a few things that comes to my mind.
He pioneered and established Ononge Parish dedicated to the patroness St Joan of Arc. Built the station with local timber produced by a Hydro powered Saw Mill.
He evangelized the people using a Solar powered Slide Projector around the 1920’s on wards, which is still there today.
He prefabricated a steel Cross which roughly weighed 1 ton when assembled. This mighty Cross stands on the summit of Mt Albert Edward as a landmark commemorating 25th Anniversary of the establishment of Ononge in 1937, and shall be reaching 80th Anniversary in 2017. There are so much he did and if only the Ononge people kept up with the progress from then on till now you all could imagine where would they be.
Fr. Jules Dubuy deserves to be honored with the plan of renaming the track to Highway after the mighty man
Apart from his missionary priesthood works, he realized Goilala been a rugged terrain needed some form of transport.
At his disposal obviously where horses.
He also realized the bulk of Goilala’s population inhabited the Upper and Lower Veitapu areas (in Woitape LLG).
To Father Jules Dubuy, the shortest route to reach Ononge Mission station was via Kuriva.
Hence this horse Track was built and named after himself – Dubuy Track .
Fast Forward to 19th February 2016, with Honorable William Samb at the helm of Goilala’s political seat, Dubuy Track will be renamed to Dubuy Highway.
Goilalas in Port Moresby, if you have a day to spare, be part of History in the making.
Father Jules Dubuy – May Your Soul Rest in Eternal Peace. You showed us the way in both worlds – Spiritual and Physical.