Rev. Ian Fardon (1925-1991) was born and raised in the Atherton Tablelands, far North Queensland. He trained as a pilot during World War II and attended Sydney University after the War with a view to going into the Methodist Ministry. At Sydney University he became active in the Student Christian Movement. After graduating he undertook theological training at Leigh Methodist Theological College, Sydney. Rev. Fardon was appointed probationary minister at Wagga, NSW, 1952-53, and helped organise the Student Christian Movement in Australia, 1954-55. He was appointed Minister of the Rabaul Memorial Church TPNG in 1956 and was posted as Circuit Minister at Gaulim, New Britain, from 1966 till 1968. In 1969 Rev. Fardon was appointed Minister at the Ela-Boroko United Church in Port Moresby. In 1974 Rev. Fardon returned to Australia and settled in Armidale where he retired in 1984.
The Fardon Papers consist of: correspondence, 1960-1976, including commentary on the death of Jack Emmanuel; talks, articles and notes on PNG theology, mission history and current events, 1963-72; sermon notes, 1966-72; Methodist Overseas Mission, New Guinea District and Rabaul Church papers, 1902-1973; articles, notes and original documents on the history of New Britain and New Ireland, 1884-1973, including a dossier on the Matuangan Association; unpublished articles and notes on education, history and politics in PNG, 1957-1972; and sundry press cuttings on PNG missions and politics, 1930-73. The papers cover diverse topics such as local government, anthropology, colonial policies, the World Bank, self-government, archaeology, alcohol, industrial relations, oceanic voyaging and mission economic interests. See Finding aids for details.