Memorial service for former Special Coordinator Graeme Wilson held

RAMSI held a private memorial service on 23 September 2014 for former Special Coordinator Graeme Wilson.

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 had previously served as the Special Coordinator for RAMSI from 2009 – 2011.

During his time as Special Coordinator, Graeme helped to assist Solomon Islands become a more secure, economically robust and confident nation. Graeme also worked tirelessly to support talented, underprivileged and unemployed youth in the Solomons.

Graeme was a dedicated and talented sportsmen. He was a great supporter and ambassador for Australian Rules Football wherever he went. As part of his enduring legacy he established the sport here in Solomon Islands.

The memorial service was attended by a number of prominent people, a testiment to his lasting impact on the nation and people of Solomon Islands. Key attendees included:

  • Solomon Islands Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon Clay Forau Soalaoi
  • Former Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon Danny Philip
  • Former Permanent Secretary for RAMSI, Sir Paul Tovua
  • Members of the diplomatic corps
  • Members of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force
  • Representatives from Solomon Islands AFL

You can read the Special Coordinator’s eulogy that was delivered at the service here.

You can read the Solomon Islands Minister for Foreign Affair’s eulogy that was delivered at the service here.

You can read the Australian High Commissioner’s eulogy that was delivered at the service here.

You can view photos from the service in our galleries here.