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Old 27-09-2016, 05:20 PM
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Allan McGregor Sinclair - Correcting the Record


My name is Allan, and I want to tell you about my maternal grandfather who owned a copra plantation in Papua before World War II.

My family want to “correct the public record”, about one aspect of his life in the Territory. This forum seemed like the best place to do this as anyone interested in the history and the early expats of PNG is likely to access this forum.

Allan McGregor Sinclair owned a plantation at Hisui called “The Palms” for many years. In the late 1990’s he was identified in a book – The Plantation Dream – as being charged with murder, and then being finally convicted of manslaughter. I came across this book only this year.

Initially our family was shocked and upset. Doing family history research can turn up these sorts of surprises sometimes.

Extensive investigation has showed us that he was not in fact the Allan Sinclair mentioned in the book, as being responsible for the death as described.

A search of the National Archives and National Library in Canberra and other sources revealed that there were two Allan Sinclairs in Papua at that time, an Allan M Sinclair and an Allan B Sinclair. Our grandfather is Allan M Sinclair.

It became very clear, especially reading the 23rd January 1920 edition of the PAPUA COURIER, that it was Allan B Sinclair, whose actions unfortunately caused the death of one of his “boys”.

Needless to say this was a great relief for our family. Although our grandfather departed this life decades ago, it feels very important to honour his memory. For future scholars and interested others, we thought that it is our duty to ensure that the part played by our ancestor in the bigger history of PNG is recorded correctly.
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