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Lilla Lashmar in New Guinea
Title : Lilla Lashmar in New Guinea Lilla Lashmar in New Guinea
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Date of creation : ca. 1933
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Lilla Lashmar, from Kangaroo Island, volunteered for work with the Australian Board of Missions and, after training in Sydney, travelled to New Guinea in December 1929. For 12 years Lilla taught and worked at various mission stations. Adelaide girl, Sister May Hayman, joined the mission in 1936 and became engaged to a missionary priest. In 1941 war was declared in the Pacific, and the Japanese invaded New Guinea. Bishop Philip Strong and his staff made the decision not to evacuate, but to remain with the local people. Tragically, this resulted in the execution of Lashmar and Hayman, along with priests and other mission workers including a small boy, by the Japanese on the beach at Buna in August 1942. More killings of clergymen and workers followed. To this day, the Australian Anglican Church commemorates the New Guinea Martyrs every year on 2 September.

Related names :

Hayman, May

Lashmar, Lilla

Strong, Phillip, Sir, 1899-1983

Coverage year : 1933
Place : New Guinea
Further reading :
Brown, Roger S. Talatala: Kath and Rodger Brown's life in pre- and post-war PNG and their escape from the Japanese, St. Morris, S. Aust.: Rodger Brown; Belair, S. Aust.: Margaret L. Henderson, 2001
Tomkins, Dorothea and Brian Hughes. The road from Gona, Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1969



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