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New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan this morning visited his mother’s grave at the Asiatic cemetery in Rabaul.
Without fail this is the 46th consecutive year Sir J has marked the anniversary of his mother’s death.
Present with him was his son Toea, brother Michael, his son Kori, close family friend Dame Sandra Lau, Archbishop of Rabaul Emiritus Bishop Tatamai and other members of the Rabaul Catholic Parish amongst other close family members.
His mother, Miriam Tinkoris Chin hailed from Matalai LLG in the Namatanai district, New Ireland . She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer before she left this world to the illness on the 30th of October 1974. She died aged 64.
In his book playing the game Sir Julius recalls her last moments: “ She was lying down in my house in Rabaul and I had to return to Port Moresby for a cabinet meeting. I remember so clearly the last words she spoke to me before I left. I was trying to be a bit tough, to down play the situation so that she did not feel any fear. She responded quietly in Pidgin, ‘Yu mas go nau, yu gat wok.’ She died peacefully two days later in her sleep.”
He attributes his political character and endurance to her, stating she is the reason he continues to serve this country and province.
After the gathering Sir Julius left Rabaul on the New Ireland provincial governments fast boat MV Autonomy for Lambom in the Konoagil LLG to check on the progress of infrastructure being built to stage the Council of Elders meeting next month.
He will overnight there and head over to Silur on Saturday to meet with the youth, before returning to Kavieng in preparation for PEC meetings next week.