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Researcher output profile for Dr Jonathan Ritchie
Born and raised in PNG, Jonathan has maintained an interest in the stories of PNG's path to independence and afterwards. His PhD addressed the Papua New Guinean people's contributions to the Constitution, and more recently he has conducted a large oral history exercise for the National Library of Australia, interviewing more than fifty Australians who had lived and worked in PNG from 1940 to 1975. Following the publication in 2012 of his biography of one of PNG's 'founding fathers', the late Sir Ebia Olewale, Jonathan is pursuing ways for the life experiences of other important Papua New Guineans to be recorded and retold, for the benefit of all Papua New Guineans. These stories contain lessons for future generations about how the task of bringing PNG's diverse peoples and cultures together into an independent nation was achieved.
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