A Political Memoir of the Anglo-French Condominium of the New Hebrides
I am grateful to The Australian National University for publishing this memoir, and so conferring on it a totally unexpected distinction. I am grateful also to my old friend Bob Makin, formerly Director of Radio Vanuatu, for suggesting that I should put my memories of the Condominium on paper, and to Margaret Jolly, ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor at The Australian National University, for recommending their publication and for subsequently giving priority to this task. My very warm thanks are due to Professor Michael Allen, formerly Head of Anthropology, University of Sydney, for editing the memoir. As Michael and I have been friends since meeting in the Condominium when we were quite young men, it is particularly gratifying that he also supported publication. I am grateful to Dr Gregory Rawlings of the University of Otago, and to Professor Howard Van Trease, formerly of the University of the South Pacific, and the University of Hawai’i for their favourable reviews of my manuscript. Lastly, but far from least, my very special thanks to Brian Bresnihan MBE, many years ago my colleague in the New Hebrides British National Service, and friend ever since. Brian has devoted many, many hours to preparing my manuscript for editing and, because I am blind, in reading for me on tape the edited version, together with all the correspondence connected with publication, which would not have been possible without his helpful and wise advice.
12 July 2014