Peter Pinney


*The Lawless & The Lotus
*The Barbarians, A Soldier's New Guinea Diary

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Sir Hubert Murray
Peter Pinney's grandfather. Known for his 30 years as Lt. Governor of Papua (1908-1940). Characterised an entire period of Australian governance of Papua, renowned for his concern for Papuan development policy and care for the rights of the local population.
"The Murrays, Gilbert recalled, were Home Rulers, members of the Aborigines' Protection Society and 'keen on the protection of animals, children, foreigners, heretics, unpopular minorities and the like'"

Australian Dictionary of Biography Online.
See also:
*National Archives Australia
*Official Papuan Collection, Australian National Museum.

*Gutenberg Aust Dictionary online



Capt. Charles Robert Pinney
PP's father. Best known for his time as Chief Magistrate /Colonial Administrator of Norfolk Is 1932-1937.

See also:
Norfolk Island in the 1930s
: Administrator Pinney's term by M.Hoare, NLA
Left: Portrait of C.R Pinney in NLA, by Caroline Mytinger who journeyed to the South Sea islands in the 1920's to capture "vanishing primitives" on canvas.
(larger version)


Maura Pinney, Peter's sister, remembers living on Norfolk Island as a girl, and visiting her grandfather in PNG. A nurse for many years she is now retired.


Mary Desmond Pinney (MDP), PP's mother, on her motorcycle with PP's daughter Sava on the back.

Peter's Uncle Pat

Prof. Patrick Desmond Murray
"In 1949 Murray was appointed Challis professor of zoology at the University of Sydney....A modest, kindly, sometimes remote man—though not a recluse—Murray took an interest in public affairs; he criticized the Commonwealth government's Communist Party of Australia dissolution bill (1950) and opposed nuclear weapons."

Australian Dictionary of Biography Online

Gilbert Murray & PP
Prof. Gilbert Murray
PP's great uncle. "Appointed Regius professor of Greek at Oxford in 1908, Gilbert was a brilliant lecturer and a distinguished and productive scholar. His many translations opened classical Greek literature to a generation of English readers, and his historical and critical writings influenced the perception of Greek culture.

...From the start of World War I he began campaigning for an international movement to ensure a sustained peace. He was foundation chairman of the League of Nations Union in 1923-38 and president of its successor, the United Nations Association..."
Australian Dictionary of Biography Online