Biographical entry: Bennett, William Hugh ( - c. 1925)

c. 1925


English seaman William Hugh Bennett came to the Solomons in 1909 and until about 1916 worked for Norman Wheatley (q.v.) at Grassi in Ramada Lagoon, New Georgia. There Bennett lived with his local wife in a fortified house. In 1916 he moved to Kia on Isabel Island where he obtained a lease over two hundred acres, which he made into Ravihana plantation. The couple had four children, William (q.v.), Jim, Enid and Vera. In about 1925 Bennett became ill and travelled to Brisbane for treatment, but died there. (Golden 1993, 250)

Published resources


  • Golden, Graeme A., The Early European Settlers of the Solomon Islands, Graeme A. Golden, Melbourne, 1993. Details