Kieran Nelson (01 November 1950 – 7 February 2024)
We are sad to advise that Kieran passed away at Greenslopes Hospital in Brisbane on 7 February 2024.
He was a wonderful wantok/friend to many of us, to our association – PNGAA, and to PNG and our Australian – PNG community generally. He proudly wore his PNGVR uniform on Anzac Day and contributed greatly to that association, closely affiliated with PNGAA, as its recent treasurer. He was also active within the PNG Federation QLD Inc as its treasurer and involved with its major event for PNG Independence Day each year.
Always kind and willing to help, Kieran arranged the annual PNGAA gathering in Brisbane at the Ship Inn, ensuring it was the easy, friendly gathering that we all enjoy.
Kieran was also the administrator on PNGAA’s Facebook site as well as other PNG reunion sites. He always ensured timely news of any PNG events and had a library of items of interest such as those legendary recordings of ‘Tripela Liklik Pik’ and ‘Liklik Retpella Hat’ along with his tok pisin translations of ‘Twas the Night before Christmas’ and The Ode in Pidgin, along with occasional others, which he enjoyed reminding us about each year, and we thoroughly enjoyed hearing and seeing.
Kieran grew up in Maprik and Lumi, then spent some years in Kavieng, Sohano and Wewak, later moving to the PNG Highlands and back to Wewak after joining the PNGBC and CBA.
He was, like many, an Australian whose early years and experiences influenced a great love of the people and his homes in PNG.
His strong Christian values shone through. Reunions organised by Kieran – whether they were related to his secondary schooling in Lismore, the bank, or with PNG friends he’d made over the years, ensured happy, friendly gatherings.
Despite being diagnosed with cancer five years ago, Kieran continued to give generously to the PNG/Australian community.
Kieran will be greatly missed by all of us who have known him either personally or through social media.
Our condolences go to Kieran’s supportive wife, Margot, and to his family.
A service for Kieran will be held on 22 February 2024, 10am, at Edward The Confessor Catholic Church, 104 Chatswood Road, Daisy Hill, Queensland, 4127.