SWWQ Member Mary Mennis left Brisbane yesterday (October 31st) on the Pacific Aria. with her husband Brian.   They will go to PNG; Alotoau where there is a Canoe Festival and the opening of a Museum.  Then they will go on to Kitaya, Trobriands, Rabaul,  then to Kiriwina Island.  They will then travel to Conflict Island before returning to Brisbane on November 10th.

Mary Mennis, MBE

Papua New Guinean Governor General Sir Paulius Matane in 2008

They will be guest speakers – Brian is doing an Introductory talk on PNG, and a talk on Rabaul and another on the Sepik.  Mary has prepared a talk on The Motu and Trobriand Canoes and Trading.

There will also be a presentation on her research in PNG since 1962 in Rabaul, Mt Hagen and Madang.  As well there will be a talk on the history of Madang through all the flags that have been used in its history. The Russian, German, Australian, PNG Flag, as well as the Independence Flag and then the Provincial flag.

Information about Mary’s Award here.

Mary’s works listed here. 

Here is information about a book Mary wrote about Moreton Bay.  Click here.