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Thursday, 2 December 1971
Page: 4108

Dr Everingham asked the Minister for External Territories, upon notice:

(1)   Has his attention been drawn to an article in the Post Courier of 16th August 1971 on disappearing war relics by aPort Moresby businessman who has salvaged rare aircraft and other relics al his own expense.

(2)   if so, what action has been taken by tha Government to forestall any possibility which could induce the author to abandon suddenly his unique collection.

Mr Barnes - The answerto the honourable members question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   The matter has beendiscussed over a period of time with Mr W. G. Chapman, the businessman concerned. In 1967 expert advice was received front Majori. I. McGrath, the former Director of the Australian War Memorial who formed the opinion that the establishment in theTerritory of a War Memorial on the pattern of that in Canberra should not be attempted but that the 1942-45 operations in the Terrilory could suitably be commemorated by including in the future Territory Museum and Art Gallery a section covering this period of the war. This was placed before the Trustees of the Museum and Arl Gallery but they did nol support this proposal. During discussions with the Administrator of I'apua New Guinea earlier this year, Mr Chapman proposed the setting up ofa War Memorial Trust. lt is understood that Mr Chapman does nol intend to dispose of his collection, and that a private members hill will bc introduced intot he House of Assembly next year to establish a private trust.

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