Biographical entry: Moata, Dora Rande (1951 - )



Dora Rande Moata was born in 1951, the daughter Henry Moata, a Methodist teacher from Marovo, and Dorcas, who held a high rank among the matrilineal Siwai people of Bougainville. This gave Dora herself a high status. Dora's family returned to Marovo for a year in 1950-1951, which brought Dora into contact with her patrilateral relatives there. As a girl, she lived at Kuliro and Koau and later at Kihili Mission station where she began school. From the age of five she was a foundation student at Sister Ada Lee's Kihili District Girls' School, where she remained as a teacher. She also became a leader in the Girls Brigade, was responsible for the school choir and in 1964 completed a Homecraft Teacher Training Course. She then studied at Gaulim Teachers Training College at Rabaul and as part of a group from the College that toured Australia. After teacher training, Dora went to Newcastle in Australia to extend her musical career. There she married Mr Leslie and settled. (Jacobson 2002)

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  • Jacobson, Pat, 'Dora Rande Moata', in Alan Leadley (ed.), Ever Widening Circles: Stories of Some Influential Methodist Leaders in Solomon Islands and Bougainville/Buka, Wesley Historical Society (New Zealand), Auckland, 2002, pp. 42-44. Details