Category: People

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Tribute to Florence May Cohen: Julie Cohen

BodyFlorence was born in Taralga on 5 June 1926 and died in Cairns on 18 September 2013: my birthday. Unusually, her timing was dreadful and my birthday will never be the same again. Florence...

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Tribute to Lorna (Whyte) Johnston: Andre Heuber

This tribute to Lorna was written by Andre Hueber, on the occasion of Lorna returning to Japan to receive an official apology from the Japanese government.  It was originally printed in The Aucklander newspaper...

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Des Martin receives PNG medal: Wally Johnson

On 3 March 2015 Des Martin was presented with the PNG medal of the Order of Logohu (Bird of Paradise) in a ceremony in Brisbane. Magdalene Moi-He, the PNG Consulate General in Brisbane, presented...

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Christopher Viner-Smith, OAM: Chips Mackellar

Christopher Viner-Smith was named in the 2015 Australia Day Honours list, with the citation: The Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division, for services to community history particularly through securing recognition...

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Maria Von Trapp in PNG: Mary Mennis

On a Web site of the Rabaul E-Course, the question was recently asked whether a member of the famous Von Trapp Sound of Music Family were on one of the E-Courses. Yes it was...

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A portrait of Maria von Trapp: Alan Ross

Those who read Mary Mennis’s interesting article on Maria Von Trapp might like to view a closer photograph of Maria. During the 1960s my wife Helen struck up a warm relationship with Maria. Maria...

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Barry Blyth Holloway: Champion of PNG Independence

Sir Barry Blyth Holloway. Patrol officer and Papua New Guinea politician. Born Kimberley, Tasmania, 26 September 1934. Died Brisbane, 16 January, aged 78. The generation of Australians who grew up in the 1940s and...

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Richard Kyle Gault: Ros Gault

Richard Kyle Gault(known to all in PNG as “Dick” Gault) was born at Ardmee, 146 Belair Road, Hawthorn (Lower Mitcham), South Australia, to Dr Arthur Kyle Gault (“Kyle”) and Ruth Marjorie Hawker. He was...

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Matt Foley

Matt Foley was one of the two remaining former Australian coastwatchers who served in Papua New Guinea during World War II has died. He was 91. Foley lived in Rabaul, in East New Britain...

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Brian John Holloway, CBE, QPM

Brian was born on 31 July 1927, in Adelaide, South Australia. He was the third and last surviving son of Percy Holloway, KPM, and Mabel Holloway of Adelaide. Brian married the love of his...

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End of a Pacific era: Ken McGregor

Stuart Inder, MBE, was the most authoritative journalist, editor and publisher in Australia of the South Pacific Islands from the early 1950s into the mid 1980s. His contacts were extensive, inside and outside these...

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The King and I: David Lornie

“When would you like to hold the interview?” asks the Fijian. He is a large man: ex-Special Forces with active Middle East military duty under his belt. “Well, I’m here now, so let’s go...