Lawton, Ralph

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Lawton, Ralph

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  • Reverend Ralph Lawton

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Ralph Lawton left South Australia for Papua New Guinea in 1957 where he lived as a Methodist missionary in Oyabia village on the island of Kiriwina, the biggest of the Trobriand Islands, between 1961 and 1973. Lawton translated the Old and New Testaments into Kiriwina. The translation, Ka, Matauwena Yesu: Yesu livalela deli la vituloki was published by the Bible Society in Papua New Guinea, 1974. He returned to Canberra in 1992 and is currently a postgraduate student at the Australian National University working on linguistics and languages.


Kiriwina, Papua New Guinea

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missionary; translator

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Entered from deposit description on 15 May 2012




Canberra Region Presbytery, (accessed on 17 November 2012)
National Library of Australia, (accessed on 17 November 2012)

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