Biographical entry: Gauwane, Colin (1935 - )

22 April 1935


Colin Gauwane from Ura village, Mage, in west Kwara'ae, Malaita Island, was born on 22 April 1935. He attended Anglican Kokomu Primary School (1948), Maravovo Primary School (1949-1950) and All Hallows' Senior Primary School at Pawa (q.v.) (1961-1953). Later he attended Nasinu Teachers College in Suva, Fiji (1955-1956) where he gained his teacher's certificate. He joined the government service in 1957 and taught at Auki Primary School (1957-1964). In 1964, Gauwane was awarded a Commonwealth Teachers Training Bursary to study at the Institute of Education in Oxford in 1965. Next he taught at Honiara Government Primary School, and then transferred back to Auki Primary School in 1969. In 1973, he was elected as the Governing Council (q.v.) member for Central Malaita, and re-elected in 1976 for the same seat in the Legislative Assembly (q.v.). During these years he served as Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee and as Minister for Agriculture and Lands. In 1977, he represented Solomon Islands at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Ottawa, Canada. He was appointed Minister for Law and Information in October 1978. Gauwane was a keen sportsman and played A-Grade soccer in Honiara and Auki. (NS 15 Sept. 1964, 6 July 1973; Saemala 1979, 44-45; SND 9 July 1976; Craig and Clement 1980, 68)

Published resources


  • Craig, Robert D., and Clement, Russell T., Who's Who in Oceania, 1980-1981, Institute of Polynesian Studies, Brigham Young University, Hawaii Campus, Laia, Hawaii, 1980. Details
  • Saemala, Francis, Our Independent Solomon Islands, Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific and Solomon Islands Centre, Honiara, 1979. Details


  • Solomons News Drum, 1974-1982. Details
  • British Solomon Islands Protectorate (ed.), British Solomon Islands Protectorate News Sheet (NS), 1955-1975. Details