Biographical entry: Fugui, Leslie (1935 - 1995)



Leslie Fugui was born on Suraina Island, Ata'a Bay, at the southern end of the Lau Lagoon on Malaita, in 1935. He was educated at St. Barnabas School at Alangaula (q.v.), and All Hallows' School at Pawa (q.v.) on Ugi Island, and trained for the Anglican priesthood at Siota Theological College on Nggela from 1965 to 1967. He became an Anglican deacon on 14 May 1967, ordained by Bishop Alfred Hill (q.v.), and a priest soon after. He became chaplain to Bishop Leonard Alufurai (q.v.) and then a priest stationed at Auki on Malaita. Transferred to Honiara, the High Commissioner appointed Fugui a visiting justice to the prisoners at Rove Prison, a trustee of the Win; John Moston Churchill Memorial Fund and a member of the Central Hospital Board of Visitors. In 1972, he attended a one-year advanced course on Christian education at Mamaluan Theologoical College, Rabaul in Papua New Guinea, and became Associate Director of Christian Education for the Diocese of Melanesia and a tutor to the Melanesian Brotherhood (q.v.). Fugui also spent time as a part-time lecturer at Kohimarama Theological College and Secretary to the Christian Education Committee for the Solomon Islands Christian Association. In 1973, Fugui became a member of the Governing Council (q.v.) for East Malaita. He transferred back to Auki to be a parish priest there for some years before taking up a position as Chaplain at the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education. In 1978-1980 he pursued graduate studies in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He later became Chaplain of the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. He wrote extensively on the relation of the Anglican Church and culture. Fugui was married with three children, and died in 1995. (NS 7 May 1967, 6 July 1973; Terry Brown, personal communication, 22 Nov. 2011; John Moffat Fugui, personal communication 8 May 2018)

Published resources


  • British Solomon Islands Protectorate (ed.), British Solomon Islands Protectorate News Sheet (NS), 1955-1975. Details


Rev. Lesley Fugui, Honiara, 1985
Clive Moore