Death of former Special Coordinator Graeme Wilson

RAMSI regretfully announces the death of former Special Coordinator Mr Graeme Wilson

RAMSI’s Office of the Special Coordinator regretfully announces the death of former Special Coordinator Mr Graeme Wilson.

The late Graeme Wilson was the Australian High Commissioner to South Africa when he died peacefully at his residence in Pretoria on 2 September 2014 after a short illness.

He served as the Special Coordinator for RAMSI from 2009 – 2011. During his long and distinguished career in Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Graeme also served in France, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Mexico.

The Acting Special Coordinator of RAMSI Mr Richard Griffith today said “This is a sad time for all members of RAMSI. Graeme is fondly remembered by RAMSI personnel for his commitment and contribution to the Mission in his two years as Special Coordinator.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Graeme’s family at this very sad time” Mr Griffith said.

As well as being a fine diplomat, Mr Wilson was a keen sportsman and during his time in the Solomon Islands was instrumental in introducing Australian Rules football to the country. He was the coach of the first Solomon Islands team that took part in the Australian Rules football under sixteen Pacific competitions in Tonga in 2010. Mr Wilson was also behind the revival of cricket in the Solomon Islands.