NOTABLE CAREER AS SOLDIER & POLITICIAN
Kevin Byrne, who died in Cairns on Thursday, was born in Lae in 1949, the scion of a family that first set foot in Papua in 1906 when his grandfather was sent to Port Moresby as Chief Collector of Customs. Kevin received his primary education on Manus and then, like many expatriate children, travelled to Brisbane and Nudgee College for secondary schooling.
I received the sad news of Kevin’s passing from his mate, Mark Mathews, who remarked that Kevin, former chief executive of the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority and Cairns mayor, was “a great leader with vision and drive; I was privileged to work with him.” As for me, I only met Kevin – a keen reader of ours - in emails and blog comments. He was a straight talker, a thinker and a bloke who would get things done.
Continue reading "Recent Notes 27: Kevin Byrne dies at 74" »
Sir Kostas Constantinou - “His impact will be greatly missed but his vision will be cherished, especially through his philanthropy"
NOOSA – The death of leading Papua New Guinea business figure and philanthropist, Sir Kostas Constantinou at the age of 66, has deprived the country of the head of its most prominent, wealthy and politically-connected family.
In the 1950s, his father George migrated to PNG with his Greek Cypriot family to make their fortune.
Continue reading "‘Incredible’ Kostas Constantinou dies at 66" »
| Academia Nomad
PORT MORESBY - This is a difficult article for me to write. On Tuesday of this week I lost a good friend in Lazarus Towa.
Lazarus Towa was known for many traits. To those who he assisted to find jobs or help develop their curriculum vitae (CVs), Lazarus was a real professional who loved his job, his country, and his people.
Continue reading "Lazarus Towa: a man of humility & sacrifice" »
| Academia Nomad
The late Lazarus Towa meets Michael Kabuni at Vision City in February 2021 (Lyn Yana)
PORT MORESBY – Lazarus Towa, a most unusual man, has died. He was a man of great community spirit and pride in his country.
On 14 February 2021, I had a long chat with Lazarus. I blogged about it the next day and my article was republished in PNG Attitude.
Lazarus Towa ran the popular ‘Current Job Vacancy Repost with LT’ group on Facebook, which had 202,000 followers.
Continue reading "Lazarus Towa, the Job Vacancy Man, passes on" »
A recent portrait of the late Philip Kai Morre - counsellor, churchman, author, community leader
KUNDIAWA - It is often difficult to accept reports or notices of friends’ passing, especially if they are very close to you.
On the morning of Tuesday 25th April, a work colleague of Philip Morre Kai in the Community Services Division of the Simbu Provincial Government called me.
He was enquiring on behalf of the Division’s members to find out if what they heard that morning about Philip’s passing was authentic or a mere circulation of rumour.
Continue reading "Farewell, my dear brother, Philip Kai Morre" »
Portrait of Chief John Kasaipwalova placed on the casket for his funeral
| The National Weekender
PORT MORESBY - Her voice rose high and echoed in the big hall of the Reverend Sione Kami Memorial Church, drowning the noise of the heavy rain thudding on the roof.
The woman dedicated her song to the man she addressed as the father of her children.
Least to say, she brought the house down with emotion.
Continue reading "The story of Chief John, poet & radical" »
John Kasaipwalova and Keith Jackson back together at UPNG in 2017
NOOSA – The death of Chief John Kasaipwalova at the age of 74 on Tuesday night has robbed Papua New Guinea of one of its outstanding literary figures.
John was born in Okaikoda village on Kiriwina Island in 1949 and later proved to be a bright and outstanding student, receiving a scholarship to St Brendan's College at Yeppoon in Queensland and from there an Australian Commonwealth scholarship to attend the University of Queensland to study arts and law.
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The September 1990 issue of Pacific Islands Monthly features Rabbie Namaliu on its cover
NOOSA - Sir Rabbie Langanai Namaliu GCL KCMG PC died unexpectedly in Rabaul yesterday afternoon at the age of 75.
He was Papua New Guinea’s fourth prime minister, serving from July 1988 to July 1992 and held other important posts, including foreign minister, in a long career in politics.
I received news of his death from his friend Arthur Smedley, who told me he had last spoken to Rabbie about a month ago when “he was his normal self and bright and cheerful”.
Continue reading "Ex-PM Namaliu dies suddenly in Rabaul" »
James Arba MBE - authentic, wise and down to earth
PHILLIP KAI MORRE & ARNOLD MUNDUA
KUNDIAWA - It was on the last day of January that Philip Kai got the news that his brother and tribesman, retired public servant James Arba (pictured), had just passed away at Sir Joseph Nombri Memorial Hospital in Kundiawa.
“I wasn’t prepared for that and was shocked. It was the saddest day of my life,” said Philip, “as I looked upon James as an elder brother who I turned to for prudent advice. Now he is gone forever.
Continue reading "Death of a giant: A tribute to James Arba MBE" »
My Manusian brother, Joachim Kombut,
Educator, daring thinker, author,
You dreamed big & achieved your literary dreams.
You connected with the God of Heaven,
The Poet of the Universe,
And in your book and poetry,
Let the language speak to the people.
Continue reading "Ode for the late Joachim Kombut" »
Gordon Peake (far left) and Angel Pesevski (bottom right) with colleagues, Bougainville, 2016 (Gordon Peake)
| DevPolicy Blog
ADELAIDE - Angel Pesevski, a former colleague of mine who became a good friend, passed away in Türkiye, one of the untold number of victims of the recent earthquake.
Angel and I met in Buka in 2016. He was working as a management adviser in the aid project I joined.
Continue reading "Great men die twice: Angel Pesevski's legacy" »
In September 1974, Déwé Gorodé and Susanna Ounei were arrested for protesting against ceremonies that commemorated the colonisation of New Caledonia. It was the first of three stints in jail, and in prison she wrote poetry and joined other young people to reflect on the role of women in the independence movement
Déwé Gorodé during a visit to Melbourne in August 1987. The text on the whiteboard reads:
"My country is Kanaky" in her language Paicȋ (The Age).
Yesterday before they landed
in our history
of roots recited
of origins memorised
who you were exactly
what your place was
in the world of our people
It’s up to you, my mother,
it’s up to you, my sister
to try and find out….
‘Millenia’ by Déwé Gorodé, written in Camp Est prison, 1974
Continue reading "Déwé Gorodé: champion of Oceanic culture" »
From his hospital bed Peter’s last words were spoken to his wife, Davey. “I have to get back to my desk.” In the last day of his life all he wanted to do was work on his next Quadrant column
Peter Ryan amongst his books. He wrote "the finest Australian memoir of war"
| ‘Soldier, Writer, Publisher’: Obituary of Peter Ryan
| Sydney Morning Herald, 22 December 2015
SYDNEY - It was once said of Peter Ryan that he climbed many mountains in his life and that his view of things was invariably an elevated one.
His death on 13 December 2015, at 92, has removed quite a remarkable Australian – a war hero, a gifted writer and columnist, publisher, raconteur and mischief-maker.
Continue reading "Peter Ryan, writer: Never an ugly sentence" »
Jackson Kiakari's father, Pastor Thomas Bob, and Jacob Luke were ace tractor drivers and mechanics at Pausa Lutheran High School in Enga Province. As sons of the Sakalin people, they bonded and remained very close friends to the end of Jacob's life
Chief Sir Jacob Lengepombet Sole Luke: A testament to the belief that a person could rise to the top from just about anywhere and remain humble
JACKSON YALO KIAKARI
| A Personal Tribute
PORT MORESBY - Only a few rise to the very top - to the highest echelons of business and life.
And from this small group, there are fewer still who choose to remain humane, humble and simple.
Continue reading "With Sir Jacob Luke's death, a torch went out" »
“Jacob had a rare quality for a famous person in PNG, he was famous for his humility and kindness, and not an infamous thief like many others. He has left a true impression that transcends wealth”
The late Sir Jacob Luke
COMPILED BY KEITH JACKSON
NOOSA - “Did you ever run into Jacob Luke? It was sad news to hear of his passing,” the message said.
“I had the pleasure of meeting him on a trade mission to Tokyo. I didn’t realise how wealthy he was as he was so humble.
"I saw him a couple of weeks ago with a new jet and now this week’s sad news….”
Continue reading "Authentic bikman: Memories of Sir Jacob Luke" »
John Lohberger OBE wrote many of Papua New Guinea's taxation laws in his 18 years serving as taxation commissioner in the Internal Revenue Commission
NOOSA – Papua New Guinea’s former long-serving taxation commissioner, and spare time rally car enthusiast, John Lohberger, died in February aged 84 after a short illness.
John Wolfgang Lohberger OBE (1937-2022) spent his youth in Hobart before beginning his career with the Australian Tax Office in Victoria, where he became the youngest person to be appointed as a full taxation assessor.
Continue reading "Long-serving taxman John Lohberger dies" »
Weeks was well settled as an educator when in 1974 he was appointed research professor and director of the educational research unit at the University of Papua New Guinea. And in PNG he was to marry for a third time
Dr Sheldon Griswald Weeks (1931-2022) - educator, traveller, writer and Quaker
EDITED BY KEITH JACKSON
FROM DR WEEKS' OWN MEMOIR
NOOSA - Sheldon Griswold Weeks who spent 17 years as a university professor and educator in Papua New Guinea has died in Vermont, USA, aged 90.
Weeks was born on 18 November 1931 in New York, graduating from Brooklyn Friends High School in 1949 where he had been active in art, writing and sports as well as academic pursuits.
Continue reading "Dr Sheldon Weeks, UPNG educator, dies at 90" »
The government's insensitivity to the widows and children continued long after the war until, in 2009, a small group from the Papua New Guinea Association of Australia formed a task force to do address the long official silence
Rabaul's main street as it was just before the Japanese invasion in 1942
NOOSA – The family of Philip (Hooky) Street, who died recently in Sydney aged 91, was among the small Australian population of Rabaul just before the Japanese invasion in January 1942.
Most of those families lost their husbands and fathers, who stayed behind while the women and children were hurriedly evacuated.
Continue reading "Rabaul-born Philip (Hooky) Street dies at 91" »
Dr Scragg's commitment to public health extended for the entire post-war colonial period and the health system he fostered doubled the average life expectancy of Papua New Guineans from 32 to 64
Dr Roy Scragg outside his iconic home in the Adelaide suburb of Glenelg just before he sold it in March following the death of his wife, Joy (Dean Martin)
Dr Scragg’s funeral will be held on Friday 1 July at the Prospect International
Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 7 Ballville Street, Prospect, at 1.30 pm.
The funeral service will be webcast and you can link here to the livestream
NOOSA –Dr Roy Scragg, who died of cancer in the early hours of last Thursday at the age of 98, was a most remarkable man.
The richly honoured and credentialled Dr Scragg AM OBE, DUniv MD MPH MBBS, spent 27 years from 1947 to 1974 developing the health system in Papua New Guinea both as a pioneering administrator and later as a ground-breaking university professor.
Continue reading "Death of PNG’s remarkable Dr Roy Scragg" »
'Three times a year from 1998 to 2013, I travelled from Mt Hagen to Madang for meetings of the University Council, where I associated with Sir Peter. Quite often several of us would be lodged at his Madang Resort. I only have good memories of those times'
Sir Peter Barter and Sir Michael Somare at a Divine Word University function in Madang (Garry Roche)
MAYNOOTH, IRELAND - Sir Peter Barter, 82, who passed away in Cairns after a short illness on Wednesday 22 June, was well known and respected as a politician and businessman.
It is widely acknowledged that he achieved much in his time especially for both Madang Town and Madang Province.
Continue reading "Sir Peter Barter, great figure in PNG, dies at 82" »
Sam Basil. The 'belsori' vote following his death increases the prospects of ULP candidates winning seats.
| Academia Nomad
WAIGANI – Many tributes have been written about the late deputy prime minister Sam Basil MP, who died last week after a motor vehicle accident.
In this article, I will write about the impact of Basil’s death on the political party he formed in 2020 - the United Labour Party (ULP) - and its situation leading into the 2022 elections before the tragic accident that took his life.
Continue reading "Basil: distrusted in life; praised at ‘belsori'" »
Joe in Venice during his studies in Europe (Albert Schram)
| Albert Schram Blogspot
VERONA, ITALY - On the night of Monday 14 February, a wonderful friend, servant-leader, educator, and colleague Joe Kaowai passed away in Angau Hospital, Lae, aged only 39.
Joe is survived by his wife Joy, son Alberto and daughter Paulina. As a sign of our special bond and true friendship, he kindly named his son and his daughter after me and my wife.
Continue reading "Death of Joe Kaowai – man of courage & conviction" »
Gabriel Buanam OBE - a “soft-spoken but down to earth” senior administrator
NOOSA – We old Papua New Guinea hands - who remember the country as a colony (though we never so called it at the time) and our service there mostly with deep affection - now share a melancholy time of life.
Even we younger officers (we were all called officers – patrol officers, education officers, health officers etc etc) are charging through our seventies and too often mourning the death of a former colleague or acquaintance.
Continue reading "Senior administrator Gabriel Buanam OBE dies at 79" »
Bill Aaron's Oro - a province of mountains fjords, fast-flowing rivers and home to the Kokoda Track
TUMBY BAY - Bill Aaron (aka Aaron William Panige), one of the original Papua New Guinean kiaps recruited in the 1960s, has died in Oro Province.
Aaron, 82, died on 17 January in his home village of Dombada. He had been the second patrol officer recruited from Oro following Basil Koe of Buna.
Continue reading "Old original kiap Bill Aaron dies at 82" »
Harry Roach, Otto Alder and Betty Roach at a kiap's reunion in 2009
NOOSA – On Friday, they’ll bury Harry Roach in the pretty country graveyard at Cooroy.
Cooroy, 20 kilometres inland from Noosa, had been his and Betty’s home pretty much since they left Papua New Guinea just before independence in 1975.
You’ll have to tolerate my vagueness because, for a man who did so much, knew so many and seemed a permanent fixture anywhere he was, Harry didn’t leave behind too many tracks.
Continue reading "Death of Harry Roach - a man for all seasons" »
Sam Akoitai - "A peacemaker serving all parties, political persuasions and interests"
KIETA – Sam Akoitai was a man true to his convictions as a national leader representing the interests of Papua New Guinea and Bougainville as a national parliamentarian.
He was a national, regional and community leader of unwavering courage and a peacemaker serving all parties, political persuasions and interests.
Continue reading "Death of Sam Akoitai: MP for all occasions" »
Joseph Watawi - ‘Bruk lus, bruk gut, bruk steret na bruk olgeta’
| Sydney Morning Herald
SYDNEY - The autonomous region of Bougainville has lost a champion of independence and the father of the 2018 independence referendum.
Joseph Watawi, 61, who died in November, away last month, was born in January 1960 in Gohi village in north Bougainville.
Continue reading "Joseph Watawi, Bougainville leader, dies at 61" »
Sir Paulias Matane - "Never let go of his humble roots"
TANIA FEWEC BALE
| The Pacific Newsroom
FINSCHHAFEN - Very sad news this morning on the passing of Sir Paulias Matane, a truly great human being.
My mind goes back to the last interview I did with him. It was after he had retired as Papua New Guinea's Governor General.
We met him still living in the same humble home across the road from the school where he first worked as a teacher. This was the first thing that struck me.
Continue reading "Sir Paulias Matane, an outstanding leader, dies at 90" »
Arnold, Philip and Peter following Sunday service. The last photo of these good friends together Peter was admitted to hospital the same week same week
PHILIP KAI MORRE & ARNOLD MUNDUA
KUNDIAWA - The fall of a giant or a biknem often creates sensational headlines through the towns and provinces of our country.
Politicians, business tycoons and prominent public servants top the list of who are seen as important at the time of their demise.
In this tribute, we want to mark the passing of Peter Kepa, who has died in Kundiawa aged about 68.
Continue reading "Peter Kepa - philosopher & educationist" »
The historic Burra Smelters Home Hotel bought by Val in the mid-1990s as visitor accommodation for her tourism business
NOOSA – We have to be grateful to James Kidd, the surviving son of Valerie Bridget (Val) Rivers, who died in the Royal Adelaide Hospital four months ago aged 78.
It was James who meticulously went through Val’s papers to ensure that friends and colleagues learned of the death on 2 July of the woman I call the Baroness of Burra.
Continue reading "Val Rivers, Baroness of Burra, dies at 78" »
Phil and Marie Charley - "their romance smacked of the silver screen”
NOOSA – Marie Charley has died in Sydney aged 93. She was the doyen of my favourite family and wife of my great comrade, the late Philip Charley OAM.
Marie, a school teacher by profession, had accompanied Phil for most of his long career in broadcast management, usually taking teaching positions along the way.
Continue reading "Death of Marie Charley: Woman of sweet strength" »
'David Gulpilil Two Worlds' by Craig Ruddy, Winner 2004 Archibald Prize (NSW Art Gallery)
TUMBY BAY - We in the West tend to judge people of other cultures in terms of our own values. We do this because we are conceited and assume that our values are superior to theirs.
This conceit was a fundamental ingredient in Australia’s past colonial experience and still informs how we relate to nations like China and India.
Continue reading "An undefeated hero in the land of racists" »
Pius Tikili - an extraordinary entrepreneur, a notable peacemaker and a Man of God
NOOSA – The eminent Papua New Guinea businessman and chairman of the National Broadcasting Corporation, Pius Tikili, died early last Saturday morning at Pacific International Hospital in Port Moresby at the age of 64.
A member of the Mogi Komunka KomKui tribe of the Western Highlands, Pius studied at the University of Papua New Guinea and the University of New England in Australia before becoming an announcer with the NBC.
Continue reading "Pius Tikili dies: nation builder & peacemaker" »
Nick Booth - "A first rate and highly skilled radio presenter with a wonderful sense of how to construct a music program"
NOOSA – Nick Booth, who died yesterday in Sydney aged 76, was a busy and enthusiastic man, who delighted in being with people and working with people to get things done.
I knew him not in his professional, paid career as a senior public service administrator but in his role as a broadcaster on community radio, especially between 1976 and 1983. I also knew Nick and his wife Lynn as good and kind friends.
Continue reading "Nick Booth, PNG in his blood, dies at 76" »
Reuben Siara - "We remember him for his patriotism and his will to progress the ideals of our revolutionary cause"
| President, Autonomous Region of Bougainville
Source: New Dawn FM News
BUKA - Bougainville has truly lost one of its great sons in the passing of Reuben Siara.
Reuben was a man who believed in Bougainville’s aspirations for independence and contributed immensely to our revolutionary cause.
Continue reading "Death of Bougainville patriot Reuben Siara" »
PNGDF cadet pilots after graduating from the RAAF Flight School, Point Cook, Australia, 1988. From left: Captain Ted Pakii (flight instructor), Chester Berobero, Major Kwadi (language instructor), Eric Aliawi and Peter Wanamp
| Ples Singsing
PORT MORESBY - Captain Peter Wanamp (‘Captain Sheriff’) Ansphil - a flag bearer for the Jiwaka people and the pride of Senglap tribe - was the first son of the Wahgi Valley to brush aside fear and become an aviator.
His breakthrough as the first person to become pilot from the province broke a barrier in becoming a pioneer pilot for the three ethnic groups, Jimi, Waghi and Kambia – from whose first two letters the name Jiwaka is formed.
Continue reading "The story of Captain Sheriff: Pride of the Tribe" »
The late Benson Kavia Garui and Governor Gary Juffa - "a hard-working, honest and genuine leader"
GARY JUFFA MP
ORO - It is with great sadness that I convey news of the passing on 19 October of Hon Benson Kavia Garui, an Oro leader and member of the Afore local level government.
Benson died in Popondetta General Hospital after a short illness at the age of 65.
Continue reading "Death of prominent Oro leader, Benson Garui" »
Neil Leahy & Rick Giddings, 1987 (Bill Gammage)
SONYA & LARA GIDDINGS
Rick Giddings was buried at Pontville in Tasmania on Tuesday and his family has kindly approved sharing this edited eulogy with his friends from his time in Papua New Guinea - PF
PONTVILLE - Richard James Giddings MBE OAM, our dad, was a good man. He was kind, generous, funny, intelligent and wise. He was a storyteller and a poet.
He lived his 84 years with love, devotion, passion and integrity, whether that be for his family, friends, community, or his work. He was a dear friend and mentor to many.
Continue reading "Rick Giddings MBE OAM: An exceptional man" »
David Inau - "Only birds can fly. But having a man in the machine was fascinating"
Captain David Inau, CEO of Sunbird Aviation in Vanimo and a pioneering Papua New Guinean Army aviator, died in Port Moresby on Sunday after being medically evacuated from Boram. He was in the second group of Papua New Guineans to train as PNG Defence Force pilots in Australia in the mid-1970s and in 1979 became the first Papua New Guinean to fly solo in a Machi jet. Journalist Liam Fox has commented on how, in his later career with the PNG Accident Investigation Commission, he “transformed it into a competent, professional outfit”. The article that follows was written by Scott Waide in September 2017 for the Inspirational Papua New Guineans website – KJ
LAE - As a six-year-old, David Inau, watched the legendary American flying Bishop, Leo Arkfeld, transport supplies and other cargo into some of the most remote parts of East Sepik.
At that tender age, the young David decided he wanted to fly planes.
Continue reading "Aviation pioneer David Inau dies in Moresby" »
Sir Robert Woods served in the PNG judicial system for 30 years and held pivotal roles in PNG and regional scouting
NOOSA - Sir Robert Kynnersley Woods CBE (1939-2021), a former national and supreme court judge in Papua New Guinea, died in Wellington, NSW, on 23 September aged 81 after a short illness.
Sir Robert had a distinguished career in the PNG judicial system for 30 years from 1970-2000, including as a judge from 1982-99, and in 2001 was appointed a judge of the district court of NSW.
Continue reading "Judge, scout leader Sir Robert Woods dies" »
James Marape and Pita Lus at this year's Independence Day celebrations in Maprik, just a few weeks before Sir Pita died
NOOSA – Sir Pita Lus, one of the fathers of Papua New Guinea independence, has died in Maprik aged 86 only a few weeks after giving his last public speech.
Sir Pita was elected to seven PNG parliaments, including the first House of Assembly in 1964, his political career ending in 2002 after 38 years. He was knighted in 1979.
Continue reading "Founding father Sir Pita Lus dies at 86" »
Ian Dunlop in 1965 with Spencer (Nuni) Banaga from the film 'Desert People’
NOOSA – The Australian documentary filmmaker and author, Ian Dunlop OAM, has died in Canberra at the age of 94.
Dunlop began making films for the Commonwealth Film Unit in the late 1950s and is probably best known for his international award-winning series, People of the Western Desert.
Continue reading "Ian Dunlop, pioneering filmmaker, dies at 94" »
Buruka Tau - PNG's ambassador of culture and the arts
| My Land, My Country
PORT MORESBY - My dad, Buruka Tau, who died in early September, was a larger than life character and as spontaneous in nature as jazz.
As a kid, I just saw him as dad, a musician. One day, he would be with us doing everyday things and the next he was somewhere in the world being a rock star.
Continue reading "Buruka Tau – keyboard maestro & PNG patriot" »
Philip Satchell in 2002 - "a gentle and calm presenter with a knack for getting his guests to talk at length”
NOOSA –Philip Satchell, who has died in Adelaide aged 83, spent the formative part of his 40-year career in radio with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Papua New Guinea.
He was born in New South Wales and spent a brief time with the ABC in Sydney before moving to Port Moresby in 1963, where he was one of the ABC’s leading radio presenters for six years.
Continue reading "Death of 'quiet' broadcaster, Philip Satchell" »
Professor Evelyn Lavu
| Kirby Institute
SYDNEY - The Kirby Institute joins colleagues and friends in Papua New Guinea in mourning the sudden loss of Professor Evelyn Lavu.
Professor Lavu was the country’s most senior pathologist and an internationally recognised leader in the fight against HIV, malaria and drug-resistant tuberculosis.
Continue reading "Sudden death of Professor Evelyn Lavu" »
Libby & Andrew Greig on their 1,800 km Shetland to Scilly 'New Technologies for Peace' ride in 2016
NOOSA – On Monday in Sydney, surrounded by his family, my good friend Andrew Greig died of the pancreatic cancer he had been living with for three years.
Andrew Burnford Greig, 77, born in Jerusalem in 1943, was a scholar, humanitarian, peacemaker and a man of consistent honour, courage, conviction and passion.
Continue reading "Andrew Greig, scholar, peacemaker, dies at 77" »
Hal Wootten - "Hawke said he thought PNG would not be independent for 100 years; Wootten said it would be 10"
| Sydney Morning Herald
SYDNEY - Good lawyers stick to the letter of the law. Great lawyers seek justice for the disadvantaged and a fairer society.
Such as it was with Hal Wootten, who quickly tired of working for corporate clients and instead committed himself to all sectors of society, including the downtrodden.
Continue reading "Hal Wootten, great friend of PNG, dies at 98" »
Marian Lindsay Baker established the first Public Library Service in Papua New Guinea
| My Land, My Country
PORT MORESBY - Marian Lindsay Baker stepped off the New Guinea Australia Line’s MV Soochow in Fairfax Harbour and took a look around at what would be her home for the next 21 months.
The year was 1959 and with one hand shading her eyes from the glaring sun, Marian took in the surrounding hilly savannah landscape that was nothing like her home in Sydney.
Continue reading "Libraries pioneer Marian Baker dies in Sydney" »
David Frodin, 2018 (Tony Barrett). David died unexpectedly in London on 12 August 2019, unaware that bladder cancer had taken hold and metastasised
EDITED BY KEITH JACKSON
These are edited extracts of a comprehensive obituary by Dr Rodrigo Cámara-Leret & Dr Barry Conn in Blumea, the Journal of plant taxonomy and plant geography, no 65. 2020. Link here to read the full obituary - KJ
LEIDEN, NETHERLANDS – When Dr David Gamman Frodin died in London in 2019 at the age of 79, the scientific community lost a brilliant individual and a giant of Papua New Guinean botany.
David was born in Chicago, USA, in 1940 and his love for botany began in Vermont where he spent endless summer hours walking in the woods.
Continue reading "Remembering David Frodin: A giant of PNG botany" »
Georgina and Ulli Beier returned to Nigeria for the Osogbo Awards in 1992 (Iwalewahaus)
NOOSA - Georgina Beier (1938-2021), called the ‘founding mother’ of contemporary art in Papua New Guinea, died in Sydney last Sunday aged 82.
Her husband, Ulli Beier (1922–2011), was a German editor, writer and scholar who pioneered the development of literature in Nigeria and Papua New Guinea.
Continue reading "Georgina Beier, art pioneer, dies at 82" »