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26 March 2013


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From Tony Henry, Goya's nephew. If anyone has further information and particularly photos could you please contact me at .

Goya had a large collection of press cuttings that he was proud of but really I have no idea if he kept a diary.

In 1982 I met his niece, Mrs Heard, who was on the (Red China) MV Minghua travelling from Rabaul to Sydney. She sent me a large photo of him taken in the 1930s.

We were always delighted to see Goya whenever he came on the MV Theitus. A gentleman and a scholar if ever I met one.

I have the signed photo of Goya dressed in whites and with a cap with an eagle on it. Cannot post it here.

Unfortunately our Comments section can't accept images - KJ

Tony - It is never too late to follow the trail. I travelled as a passenger with your uncle three or four times in the 1950s, and even saw him trying to nudge the burning Busama across the Wewak Roads in May '59.

(The Busama's cargo, drums of fuel, had exploded and she was a burning wreck at the time.)

Ingeborg de Beausac's memoirs, "The Singular Life of Countess Ingeborg de Beausacq" by Lena Augris will give you other insights. It is a good read, available online, and remarkably cheap at Seven Dollars something on Google Books:

I know I'm probably too late on this feed. But here goes.
Goya was my uncle (I am the son of his youngest brother Ernest - 1924 Olympian) and only now am I trying to compile a 'Henry family' history and the family of my grandfather Dr TJ Henry is a very big part. I am writing to request authority to include some of the comments made on this post I have been in touch with my cousin Don Orr and have copies of most of the material he had.

I remember Capt Goya Henry when I lived in Madang back in the late 50's.

At one time I accompanied him from the "Thetis", alongside the coastal ships wharf , to the Madang club for refreshments. He sure had a brisk pace with that wooden leg supported by his trusty walking stick.

My father, a pilot in World War II, was a friend of Goya and no doubt drinking partner.

The memory is quite vivid in my mind after all these years....I would have been about 17 then, I'm now 71.

What a character he was. A true TP&NG territorian.

Thank you David for your article in PNG Attitude about the unique and legendary Goya Henry. We loved him.

Goya was a really fascinating person and loved literature and was always increasing his knowledge of words by looking up the dictionary and each day trying out a few new ones on his unsuspecting visitors(or victims).

That he did not suffer fools would be an understatement!
Woe betide any expat who would go out on our canoes and think he would be welcome without requesting permission to board!

I have a feeling that Goya did not go ashore at Wewak much as his boss was there, the District Officer, znf Goya did not like authority at all. And of course he had difficulties with his mobility.

You guys on the Sepik River would have seen and got to know him so much better.

I was told that when the great Paul Hasluck was Minister for Territories and visiting Wewak. he made it known to the Administration that the main person he had come to see was Goya.

They were astounded and arranged a boat to take him out to visit Goya on the MV Thetis.

We enjoyed Goya's voyages to Aitape as it was no stress for us to unload as not much cargo arrived anyway.

Goya would not demand we unload when the surf was dangerous. He would take one look and just go to a safe anchorage at Seleo Island or Ali Island. Once he did this for six days.

What a delight he was and we have wonderful memories of him.

Of Goya's flying skills, a story was told of a time when it had been years since he had flown a plane. Someone landed a Tiger Moth on the airstrip on Karkar Island, and Goya happened to be around.

He was asked if he would like to take the craft for a spin. Of course, he readily jumped at the chance and those watching were most impressed with the competence he displayed in taking off, landing, and in aerial manoeuvres.

In Goya's thinking, the thought would be, once you know you always know!

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