from the Post Courier
In memory of a pioneer kiap
March 14,2017, 02:20 am
George Charlton Tuckey honoured in rare recognition ceremony
By MICHAEL KOMA
APART from World War II, many Australians died and were buried in isolated graveyards across Papua New Guinea.
Some of them served under the colonial administration as patrol officers, teachers, engineers and the list goes on.
One of them was a young patrol officer named George Charlton Tuckey, and his graveyard is located at Premiers Hill in Kundiawa, the provincial capital of Chimbu Province.
Tuckey, one of the pioneer commissioned officers of the constabulary’s field branch (alias kiap), died outside his home at the Premiers Hill on June 26, 1946, after a cow reportedly kicked him. He was 33 years old.
Prior to that, Tuckey was serving the Australian Army as a soldier repelling the invading Japanese troops in Morobe and Madang Provinces.
After more than 60 years (on Monday February 27, 2017) the Chimbu provincial government and police combined to lay wreaths and give due recognition to late George Charlton Tuckey.
Their recognitions and tributes were also conveyed to his family and relatives in Queensland, Australia.
Mr Tuckey and other guests at the memorial.
The Chimbu provincial government, under the stewardship of Governor Noah Kool, has financed the rebuilding of the graveyard with a tombstone inscribed with a brief of Tuckey’s eulogy.
Police Commissioner Gari Baki had written a letter to the organisers saying he has fully supported the reconsecration and the blessing of the cemetery.
Nephew Noel Tuckey and a relative flew to Kundiawa to witness the rare ceremony.
Credit goes to the provincial community policing co-ordinator Senior Constable John Kora for the successful management of the project.
Also present at the ceremony were deputy governor James Kendiyagl, former provincial police chief Michael Welsh, provincial administrator Joe Kunda, government officers and police personnel.
The executive officer to the assistant commissioner Highlands command Timmeaus Korada told a gathering of around 500 people that Papua New Guineans "must not forget the sacrifices made by Australians and their government during the post-Independence era".
He announced: "Australians are our friends and helpers so we must not forget them. To this day the Australian Government and people of Australia continue to fund many development programs and projects across PNG."
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