Bruce and Adin

La Ode Ashadin Hamzah Duncan and David Bruce Duncan

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Adin in 1991, with the family in Wickham, and at his wedding ceremony

In 1991 Bruce adopted Ashadin (Adin) at the request of his family who were unable to continue his education. Adin went on to complete his senior high schooling then commenced university studies. He was unable to complete his degree, but did travel to Australia and undertook both college education and work while living there. He returned to Indonesia and in March 1999 Adin and Rini Andriani were married in full traditional array in Baubau. They continue to live in Baubau where Adin is the field director for SAO Buton.

Adin and his wife adopted a daughter, Aurelia , who was born in May 2002.

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Adin at home and at work with the refugees in Buton

Bruce is the Australian director of the program. He lives in Clackline, Western Australia, and operates a consulting business and small farm there. Bruce and Maree were married in the North West and lived most of their lives there where Bruce worked for a major mining company. They have four of their own children, Deborah, Helen, Rebekah and David.

Bruce became interested in development work in Indonesia after a visit to that country in 1985. Subsequently he obtained a diploma in Indonesian language and culture and later found a use for that in translating for Indonesian fishermen who were imprisoned for fisheries offenses. From that contact in 1990 developed the invitation to first visit the Buton region. The SAO Buton program as we see it today is a result of that ongoing involvement.

Maree Duncan


Duncan Group International
PO Box 1155, Northam WA 6401, Australia
Phone +61 (0) 8 9574 0410 Email duncangroup@wn.com.au

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