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Doreen Hansen – Passed Away 7 July 2017

13 Jul 17
Peter Bull

Ted Bastow has advised us of the passing of Doreen Hansen, widow of Tony Hansen, who passed away at her nursing home in WA last Friday.

No further details are available at this time.

Doreen accompanied Tony to various outstations for OTC and she also worked in HO as a Tea Lady for a while in the 1970’s.

Ted and his wife met Doreen for the first time in Port Moresby and became lifetime friends from then on.

May She Rest In Peace


  1. Peter Bull July 13, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    That was sad to hear. Our condolences to the family.

    When we arrived in Port Moresby in September 1970, Doreen & Tony invited us to a Foudue party at their home. It was held in Minihi Ave Boroko next door to the manager Stan Silvers home. My wife Jeanette met a lady at that party who told her about a punch card operators job going in Government Stores at Badili. My wife applied and got the job working there for the 2 years of our term with OTC. She was always grateful Doreen put that party on as jobs in air conditioning were hard to find in Port Moresby. TO2 Tony Hansen was finishing his term & heading south with Derek Hallam replacing him as technical supervisor. From memory he went first to La Perouse before going to Gnangara where they retired.

    Neil Yakalis

  2. Peter Bull July 13, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    That’s a shame.

    I worked for Tony at Gnangara. He and Doreen introduced me to my wife Bronwynn.
    As you know Tony worked in New Guinea for a while and my wife’s family were Dutch expats working there. The families knew each other.

    Bronwynns family moved to Perth in 1976 and since Bronwynn didn’t know anybody here and I was just transferred from Sydney, Doreen (who was a bit of a match maker) decided we should go out and ordered Tony to organise it.

    I was a bit reluctant at first, but luckily for me I agreed and we are still married.

    Tony died of Cancer and some time later Doreen remarried.

    I understand that Doreen was very happy with her second marriage so I’m sure she lived a full life.

    Bill Comerford

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