For­mer ADC re­calls days of ser­vice

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Ron Michael was among the many peo­ple tak­ing part in the Re­mem­brance Day Me­mo­rial Ser­vice at the Na­tional War Me­mo­rial in Veiuto yes­ter­day. Mr Michael ar­rived from Aus­tralia to be part of the day’s events. He served within the Royal Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces, along with prom­i­nent fig­ures and worked as the as ADC (aide-de-camp) to then Gov­er­nor of Fiji, Sir Ken­neth Mad­docks in 1959 “I was se­lected from the New Zealand Army as a ADC to the Gov­er­nor of Fiji in 1959 and I was 23-years-old at that time. I spent a lot of time in the Govern­ment House for three years.

“Whilst here I wrote let­ters back to my mother in New Zealand and upon com­plet­ing my term as ADC, I re­turned to New Zealand where my mother showed me a tin-full of let­ters that I wrote to her from Fiji. She en­cour­aged me to write a book about it,” Mr Michael said. He said he wit­nessed many events while be­ing the ADC to the Gov­er­nor at that time. “The job was in­ter­est­ing, I met mem­bers of the royal fam­ily at that time and other prom­i­nent peo­ple in Fiji and around the world. When I first ar­rived in 1959 there was a riot in Suva that went on for three months and the fol­low­ing year was the sugar dis­tur­bance which went on for months,” Mr Michael said. He said for­mer Pres­i­dent, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau served as ADC after his three-year term ended. “We were all friends dur­ing those army days and this is a re­la­tion­ship that I have cher­ished over the years. “We were like a fam­ily and there were few other prom­i­nent fig­ures from the RFMF that I be­came close with,” Mr Michael said. Edited by Jonathan Bryce

I was se­lected from the New Zealand Army as a ADC to the Gov­er­nor of Fiji in 1959 and I was 23-years-old at that time. I spent a lot of time in the Govern­ment House for three years. Ron Michael ADC to the Gov­er­nor of Fiji in 1959

From left: Pres­i­dent Ma­jor-Gen­eral (Ret’d) Jioji Kon­rote, for­mer Pres­i­dent Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and for­mer aide-de-camp at Govern­ment House and ex-ser­vice­man Ron Michael dur­ing the Re­mem­brance Day Me­mo­rial Ser­vice at the Na­tional War Me­mo­rial site in Suva yes­ter­day.

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