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Lara was born in Goroka in 1972 and grew up there. Later Rick stayed on in Kundiawa, sending his wife and family off to Tassy for the kids' high school years.
He remained in PNG for many years as the Senior Magistrate, serving until the late eighties, as I recall.
Rick is one of the best: a straight shooter; very competent; liked by all. His wife was a Welfare Officer in Goroka.
Rick was a big supporter of the JK McCarthy Museum in Goroka and used to spend weekends travelling from Kundiawa in a battered little blue car to work in the museum, reconditioning articles and organising displays, leaving early Monday to bump and rattle his way back to Simbu siti.
I have a feeling, but may be quite wrong, that The Australian newspaper’s Tasmania correspondent, Mathew Denholm, may well be the son of the sometime headmaster of Goroka International School, who was around in Rick's Goroka years.
Alongside Rick in Kundiawa for many years after independence was Kiap John Corrigan, who served there until the late eighties, both men putting in about 15 years each after the great abandon ship of senior admin men in 1974-75.
Graham Tuck, ex-kiap and LLG specialist, is still there although he hasn’t been paid yet for most of last year!
Photo: Lara Giddings, left, with her family: sister Sonya de Lacey, brother-in-law Darren de Lacey, mum Lynn Giddings, nephew Nicholas de Lacey, niece Eleanor de Lacey and dad Rick Giddings
[Picture - Sam Rosewarne, Hobart Mercury]