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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:19 pm 
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Just picked up from the internet.

Hard to believe our good friend from Lae Chamber Alan McLay is gone ...for decades he has been the business face of Morobe Province ...your long journey is over too soon ...rest in peace ...thoughts are with Nelly and the family at this sad time ...Vale Alan !


I only communicated with Alan by email about getting items cleared through Customs but never knew the man.

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 Post subject: Re: Alan McLay - Vale
PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:01 am 
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Indeed very sad to hear this - many good times with Alan in Rabaul, Pomio, Wakunai and Kieta - had only just re-connected with him after a very long time - must have been very sudden. Condolences to his beautiful family.

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 Post subject: Re: Alan McLay - Vale
PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:13 am 
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Used to visit Alan 1975/6 when he was ADC Kerowagi in Simbu and I was OIC Nondugl in WHP. There was a terrible old original Kiap road along the northern foothills which I used to take in dry weather but I had to go along the newer highlands highway in the wet. He was a great host and it is sad to see him go. Cheers, Peter van Fleet.


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 Post subject: Re: Alan McLay - Vale
PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:03 am 
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Keith Jackson is looking for someone to write a retrospective on Alan for PNG Attitude - any takers?


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 Post subject: Re: Alan McLay - Vale
PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:12 pm 
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From the weekend edition of The National.

Death of Allan McLay

LAE Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Allan John McLay died on Wednesday night at Angau Memorial Hospital.

He was 72 years old.

McLay’s wife, Nellie, said her husband first came to Papua New Guinea as a cadet patrol officer under the Australian government in 1964 and was posted to Pomio in East New Britain.
“His work as a patrol officer or kiap led him to take other postings to Wakunai in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Kerowagi and Sinasina in Chimbu and Madang between the early ‘60s and late 70s’”

She said McLay was a close friend of former Morobe premier Sir Jerry Nalau.

Both men were instrumental in shaping Morobe into what it is today and they also contributed to the nation she said.

Born in Victoria, Australia, on Jan 16, 1945, McLay died just 13 days shy of his 73rd birthday.

Between 1981 and 1985, he was Deputy Commissioner in Morobe under Commissioner Sir Jerry Nalau.

He was heavily involved with the Lae Chamber of Commerce and Industry for more than 10 years until his death.

He is survived by Nellie, son Alistar and daughter Kathryn.

Nellie said McLay became ill in the last week of October but she decided not to take him overseas for treatment.

“I made the decision for him to seek medication here because he could not walk properly and was not strong enough to go abroad for medical treatment,” she said.

Sir Jerry said McLay was his brother for more than 40 years.

“We have been working together and I used to call him my white brother,” he said.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:24 am 
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So sad to hear of Alans passing.
He was my ADC in Kerowagi for PNG Independence and again later in Lae when I was OIC Morobe. Alan was a very supportive ADC and a good man to work with, also a good bloke to socialise with. I recall couple of adventures we had.

Alan had surveyed a possible road from Gembogl to Goroka over the ranges of Mt Wilhelm before taking over as ADC Kerowagi. A couple of blokes from Gembogl came to Kerowagi and told Alan that the road had been completed. He wanted to check it out so the pair of us rode our 90cc Ag bikes over to Gembogl refuelled and set off over the new road, can't recall the exact altitude but it was high enough that we had to engage the alttude compensator. We got to the road head and found that the road had not been pushed through to Goroka but the mob working on the road reckoned we should be able to get to Goroka so we pushed on. Had a couple of hairy moments getting over ravines by crossing over fallen logs and across one very recent major landslip but we did make it to Goroka, acquired some fuel from the Police station then rode back up the highlands highway, only having to fix a puncture with a can of leak sealer.

An outbreak of war between the Sikus and Genas over a disputed Land Court decision had to be dealt with. A large number of warriors from both sides were involved and one had been killed and mutilated. The body was lying in the middle of the battlefield and was aggravating the situation so Alan decided it had to be removed. We loaded up the official Toyota armed ourselves with a pump action shotgun and the station .38 pistol and headed off (weapons well hidden) to the battle. Alan negotiated a truce and we were able to get the body removed. The battle raged for a couple more days before we could negotite an outbreak of peace. Alan had great negotiating skills.

On a lighter note Alan had to support the visit of pikini bilong Quin, Prince Charles, on his official tour to celebrate PNG Independence. Prince Charles gave a short speech to the gathered multitude which the Honorable MP Imbaki Okuk translated into pidgin wth suitable embellishment and great gusto. The Prince seemed a little bemused by the translation and was observed asking Alan what was being said. Alan responded saying "just what you said Your Honour".

I remember Alan with great fondness and regret that I did not keep in contact after we left PNG. Sincere condolences to Nellie and family (I have a couple of photos of Alan on the bike ride and with Prince Charles if the family would like copies). Vale Alan may the tracks on your last patrol be fair.

Greg Smith

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:15 am 
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I lodged a copy of your comments on PNG Attitude Greg, where there is a tribute to Alan. His son, Alistair, posted the following response:

I would love to get those bike photos if you could foreword them to my email. Alistair.mclay@icloud.com

Perhaps post the photographs here too.


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