Category: People

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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...

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PNG’s second GG dies: Sir Tore Lokoloko

Sir Tore LOKOLOKO GCL, GCMG, GCVO, OBE (21 September 1930 to 13 March 2013) was the second Governor-General of Papua New Guinea, from 1977 to 1983. Sir Tore was born in Iokea in the...

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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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Meeting the Mokolkols: Jim Toner

(Published Una Voce, September 2002, page 33) Jim Toner: Chief Clerk, District Office, Mendi 1957-59; District Office, Rabaul 1960-64; Field Manager, New Guinea Research Unit (ANU), Port Moresby 1965-73 Obligated to report annually to...

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My life after 1941: George Oakes

After we left Kavieng in New Ireland, the Macdhui took us to Sydney where we moved in with my mother’s parents at Lindfield where my grandfather, Rev. G. E. Johnson, was the Methodist minister....

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Margaret Olley: John Pasquarelli

“I have two artist friends from Australia who are coming to the Territory and they will be staying with me in Moresby. Margaret Olley and Douglas Annand are their names and I have told...