Biographical entry: Salaka, Peter


Peter Salaka was born at Maleasi in the Shortlands. After some schooling from the Marists at Nila in the Shortlands, he attended another Marist school at Keita on Bougainville (1953-1955) and a college at Buka, where he qualified as a Grade B teacher with the Papua New Guinea Education Department. He began his secondary education at a Marist College at Campbelltown in Sydney, Australia, and then moved to the Marist Brothers' Juniorate at Bowral, New South Wales, before returning to the Solomons. Next, he took a three-year correspondence course in general subjects, said to be the equivalent to University Entrance, from Blackfriars Technical College in Sydney. Salaka was employed in malaria eradication work (1961-1968), mostly as a senior assistant engaged in microscope work and later as a field supervisor. During this period he also studied in Manilla under a World Health Organisation scholarship. In 1970, he was Vice-President of the Honiara Town Council (q.v.), a member of the Honiara Town Planning Board and a committee member of the BSIP Branch of the United Nations Association. In 1970 he was elected as the member for Honiara to the new Governing Council (q.v.). He was later elected to the National Parliament as the member for Shortlands. (NS 31 May 1970)

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