Australia Governor-General to attend funeral of Vanuatu President

Australia’s Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), has agreed to represent the country at the funeral service of the President of Vanuatu.

The Governor-General will depart Australia tomorrow afternoon.

The funeral of the late President Womtelo Reverend Baldwin Lonsdale will be held In Port Vila on Wednesday.

He passed away at the Vila Central Hospital early Saturday morning.

A media release from Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said His Excellency served the people of Vanuatu with dignity and humility.

He will be remembered as a servant of the nation of Vanuatu, a statesman who was much-loved by his people, and respected as a just and honourable

“On behalf of all Australians, we offer his family and the Government and people of Vanuatu our sincere condolences,” release said.


Photo by SBS Australia’s Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove