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Peter Ryan’s Gratitude and Decency

Peter Ryan and Papua New Guinea SIR: I’m grateful for the five very fine obituaries about the life of your columnist Peter Ryan (March 2016). I shall miss his regular bracing articles. To fill the gap I’m taking occasional draughts of his book of essays, Lines of Fire (Clarion Editions, 1997). In its Introduction by the Australian military historian A.K. Macdougall I was reminded of one further aspect of Ryan’s multi-faceted life that is eminently worth remembering. Following his return to Melbourne after heroic service (1942-43) in New Guinea during the Second World War he always kept faith, and never…

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