NOW here’s a challenge our readers may be able to solve. It concerns a man named Tom Low (or Lowe), his long dead father and his search for relatives.
Reader Dr Mark Schubert of Brisbane was recently at Riuriu Village on Liot (also known as Boudeuse) Island in the remote Western islands of Manus Province.
While there, Mark was approached by Tom (pictured right) who was born in 1932 to a mother from the Western Islands and an Australian father from Brisbane - a man called Low (or Lowe).
Tom’s father was managing Mal Plantation in the Western Islands at the time and it was pretty idyllic, if remote, life until 1942 when Japanese troops invaded.
Tom's father, along with a group of other Australians, fled south from the Western Islands to Wewak, only to be captured and killed there by the Japanese.