Series 480 - Lorraine and Michael Ovington collection

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Lorraine and Michael Ovington collection


  • 1976 - 1992 (Creation)

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2 boxes

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Lorraine Ovington graduated from the University of Tasmania and was a campaigner for Aboriginal rights. She lived in New Caledonia and Vanuatu when her husband Michael Ovington became the first Australian High Commissioner to Vanuatu (formerly New Hebrides) after its independence.

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(1945 - 2006)

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Michael Robin Ovington was the Australian Consul (Consul d'Australie in French) in Noumea from 1978 to 1980, prior to Vanuatu's independence in 1980. On 31 July 1980 he took up office as the first Australian High Commissioner to Vanuatu. Ovington died in Canberra in June 2006.

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Correspondence, personal diaries, copy of a calendar, newspaper clippings and photographs relating to the Ovingtons' time in New Caledonia and Vanuatu, 1978-1980, photographs of Independence celebrations, official invitations, course papers on human development, and publications. Includes sound recording ANUA 480/18: Traditional music of Vanuatu (New Hebrides) from the Cultural Centre Archives, recordings made by anthropologist Kirk Huffman in the 1970s. The recordings relate to cultural practices. Side 1: Aoba; Ambrym ; Mota Lava (Banks) ; Side 2: Pentecost ; Malekula ; Tanna ; Erromango ; Aneityum


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Entered from deposit description on on 7 May 2013; updated by Christine Bryan on 2 September 2016




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