Don arrived in Rabaul in 1952 and became a keen collector of historical memorabilia. Together with other interested people, Don formed the Rabaul Historical Society in the late fifties.
At his own expense, because the Society had no funds, he opened and restored Admiral Yamamoto’s bunker, and maintained and managed it for many years. Among other projects he restored the cemetery at Kuradui, containing some of Queen Emma's family graves.
Over a period of 20 years, Don gave his time and money freely
to collect and restore items of historical interest. In 1982, when he left PNG,
with his wife Margo, sons Warwick and Bruce and daughter Marina, Don handed the
collection to the
Today, the Rabaul Historical Society endeavours to keep
interest in the history of Rabaul alive and the pays tribute to him for his
interest, generosity and commitment to our town - now
Margo Clarke recently made a generous donation to the
Society which we will put towards fundraising for Rabaul's centennial to be
Avarmari na tur Naim piram.*
Photo [Anzac Day 2006 at PNG Volunteer Rifles reunion in
* Rest in Peace [Kuanua]