Vale September 1982
James WEBSTER (22 March 1982)
Formerly OIC, Bomana Pumping Station.
Harry COX (22 March 1982)
Long time Medical Assistant, later in the Teaching Commission, then in Dept of Chief Minister and Development.
Jessie BIRD (22 May 1982)
Widow of “Dicky’, Treasury Officer lost on the Montevideo Maru.
John (Reg) RIGBY (11 June 1982, aged 89)
One of our oldest Members, Reg joined the NG Administration in 1923 and led a party from Salamaua to Moresby when Japan attacked. He then worked with US forces. Postwar was in Lae and Wewak, retiring as District Commissioner.
John W BELL (30 June 1982)
Came to NG in 1949 in DASF. Posts included Popondetta, Sogeri, Moresby and Aiyura. After retiring to WA, he became a successful artist.
Claude CHAMPION (17 September 1982)
Pre-war ARM. Noted for his exploration work, such as the Kikori-Erave patrol. OIC Southern Region ANGAU and retired as post-war Government Secretary. Special mention must also be made of the sterling work done by Claude for this Association. On retirement from PNG he became an active member of the ROAPNG, and in January 1965 was elected President. In 1971 he stepped aside to take on the job of Secretary, resigning in 1975. In these ten years Claude, along with others like Mac Rich and Hal Evans, wrote voluminous letters and went to Canberra to make personal representations to the then Superannuation Board, and the Minister, on our behalf. As Claude once said, it was a little like hitting one’s head against a brick wall, but his efforts are remembered. After resigning as Secretary, he still remained a helpful fund of information and constructive criticism when he thought it necessary, even writing from hospital to correct a statement in Una Voce. Thank you, Claude. (Ed.)
Percy (Monty) MONCUR (21 July 1982, aged 92)
Monty was our oldest Member. Retired as OIC Police, Morobe District.
Frank VICKERY (26 July 1982)
Frank’s 23 years in Bulolo made him a Forestry ‘institution”.
Ian LEVY (5 September 1982)
Came to PNG in 1954, and retired in 1966 as Preventive Officer, Trade & Customs. Passed away in Queanbeyan Private Nursing Home.
Fitzroy K MILNE (25 September 1982)
Well-known senior Treasury Officer for many years. Died while on a motoring holiday in South Australia.
W J SUTTIE (July[?] 1982)
Long-serving Director of the Forestry Department.