Lucian Tapiedi

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Lucian Tapiedi (b. ca. 1921—1942) was a Papuan Anglican teacher who was one of the "New Guinea Martyrs." The Martyrs were eight Anglican clergy, teachers, and medical missionaries killed by the Japanese in 1942 (a total of 333 church workers of all denominations were killed during the invasion).

Early life

Tapiedi was born around 1921,“the nephew of a suspected sorcerer of Taupota village in Milne Bay district”, on the north coast of Papua, and was educated at mission schools, where he was influenced by Nita Inman, the schoolteacher, and the Reverend Edwin Nuagoro, a Papuan priest. In 1939, he entered St Aidan's Teacher Training College at Divari and in 1941 he became part of the staff at Sangara as a teacher and evangelist. On 21 July 1942 the Japanese invasion of New Guinea began.


Tapiedi and 10 others, evading the Japanese, came to a village inhabited by the Orokaiva people, and found themselves escorted away by men of that tribe. A man named Hivijapa killed Tapiedi with an axe near a stream by Kurumbo village. The remainder of the group perished soon after; six of them were beheaded by the Japanese on Buna beach.


A statue of Tapiedi is installed among the niches with other 20th-century...
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