Dr A.D. Parkinson

May 2, 2009 at 1:37 am (malaria control, Papua New Guinea) (, , , , , , , , , , , )


Photos  from David Parkinson’s Collection

Arthur David Parkinson 1935-2009

Always known as David rather than Arthur, his untimely death ends a life of service and dedication. He first came to Papua New Guinea in 1956 as a Medical Assistant or in the terminology of the time an EMA – European Medical Assistant. These young men and some not so young were the frontline medical providers in much of PNG in those days.
   David did extensive medical patrols in the Sepik and the Highlands. He subsequently attended the University of Adelaide qualifying in Medicine and Surgery, and he returned to PNG working as a Medical Officer and eventually Assistant Director, Malaria Control.
   After leaving PNG in the late 1970s, he did post-graduate studies in the UK and afterwards worked for WHO in the Solomon Islands and Samoa. In Australia, he joined the army and worked in a Malaria Research Unit with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. For the last years of his life, he was in general practice in the Western Suburbs of Sydney.
   At his funeral service, Michael, his son, spoke of his father’s humanity in a varied career of service to others. Over the years, David’s contribution to the health of others has been immense. The people of PNG have particularly lost a true friend and benefactor.
   David’s first wife, Ruth, predeceased him and he is survived by their children, Michael, Fiona and Jamie. His wife, Vaiola and their children, Nathan, Ricky, Tanya, Corian and two grandchildren, Charley and Georgie survive him.




    Dr.Parkinson was good boss but also a friend, a real gentleman.
    The best thing he did for me was to transfer me to Bougainville in September 1973 after 6.5 years in the Western Highlands. We stayed in touch throughout the years and I still have correspondence from Samoa written after Nathan was born.
    May he Rest In Peace.

  2. deberigny said,

  3. Jamie Parkinson said,

    Thank you David for the kind words and the effort you have put in regarding this article on my farther. He really was a good man. Thank you.

  4. deberigny said,


    It’s good to hear from you. Give my kindest wishes to all the family. I know you would all be still missing your father but I’m sure his memory is a sustaining thing for all of you.
    I often think about your father and am grateful for the many things he did for me while we were in PNG.


  5. Ian Taylor said,

    Dear Jamie
    you probably do not know me, but I knew your dad in Hobart. I have been trying for many years to contact him and was upset to hear he had passed away. I also knew Ruth. We had some good times together. He called in to see us in Hobart when on holidays from Western Samoa. I also met your grandfather in Queenstown. My wife Jill is also sad to hear the rather belated news,
    IDr Ian Taylor

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