The Montevideo Maru Memorial Committee rarely meets face-to-face.
With members scattered throughout the world –
Despite that, it’s been a big first year for the group, with the Montevideo Maru soaring into public consciousness in Australia; the Federal government becoming engaged in the issue after decades of official neglect; and the formation of a thriving organisation (over 160 members and growing daily).
As committee member Rod Miller said, “He really is a man
Albert was born in Roslyn NSW in 1922 and needed his mother’s permission to join the army in 1942 aged 17 to serve in World War II.
He became a medic in PNG and served at a number of locations
After the war, he stayed on with the post war administration as a medical assistant.
His role with the Department of Public Health took him to Kerema, Popondetta, Lae, Tari, Koroba, Rabaul and Goroka as well as Moresby.
Most famously, he was involved with medical support after
When he retired in 1979, Albert had served in PNG for 37 years.
He became interested in the Montevideo Maru during his posting in Rabaul and started intensive research into the tragedy around 1997.
His commitment to finding the nominal roll of the men who died on the ship was often frustrating and for many years seemed fruitless. But Albert was undaunted and, in his pursuit of the truth, kept the flame burning for the relatives of the missing men.
Now, as the search for the nominal roll warms up, and as the new committee engages itself in a range of matters related to the national recognition of the tragedy, the awards acknowledges the great contribution that Albert made through his unyielding effort.