Last of the Lands We Know: Maev's life as told to her nephew Les

Event details

Book Launch

Date & time

Wednesday 13 November 2013


Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building (8), Fellows Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Maev O’Collins


Allison Ley
+61 2 612 53097

This book describes how, after a fairly sheltered childhood the author became a social worker, completed postgraduate studies at Colombia University, New York, took up an academic position at the University of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby, was later appointed Professor of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, became a consultant for a number of aid projects in PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu and later undertook research into the political history of Norfolk Island. The major focus is on how Papua New Guinea became like a second home and how much she enjoyed working in Melanesia.

Maev O'Collins - After completing undergraduate studies, Maev worked as a social worker at the Catholic Family Welfare Bureau in Melbourne for fifteen years and then completed a doctorate of social welfare at Columbia University, New York. She then went to Papua New Guinea and taught at the University of Papua New Guinea from 1972-1989 where she was appointed Professor of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology in 1979 and Director of Staff Development from 1987-1989. She was awarded an MBE in the Papua New Guinea honours list for her services to education and the community, and the title of Professor Emeritus when she retired in 1989. Since then she has continued her interest in the South Pacific, both as a consultant and a writer. Now living in Canberra, she is a Visiting Fellow with the ANU Department of Political and Social Change and an Adjunct Professor at the Canberra Campus of the Australian Catholic University. Her publications include "Social Development in Papua New Guinea: 1972-1990: Searching for Solutions in a Changing World" 1993 and "An Uneasy Relationship: Norfolk Island and the Commonwealth of Australia" 2002.

This book launch is jointly hosted by:

The Department of Political and Social Change and

The State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program


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