Leahy, Michael J. (1901-1979)

Also known as
Leahy, Michael, (Michael James) (1901-1979)
Leahy, Michael (1901-1979)
Leahy, Michael James, (MBE) (1901-1979)
Leahy, Michael James (1901-1979)
Leahy, Mick (1901-1979)
Field of activity
Explorer
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NLA Persistent Identifier
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Biographies

Michael James (Mick) Leahy (1901-1979), explorer, was born on 26 February 1901 at Toowoomba, Queensland, fourth of nine children of Irish migrants Daniel Leahy, railway guard, and his wife Ellen, née...

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Mick Leahy was an explorer who published widely about, photographed and filmed many of his travels. Although born in Australia, but spent most of his adult life in Papua New Guinea. He worked as a railway clerk, a freelance timber cutter, as a manager in the construction industry and as a prospector before carrying out major explorations of Papua New Guinea. He was one of the first Europeans to reach many areas and to discover and climb the country's tallest mountain – Mount Giluwe (1934). However, Jack Hides had also laid claim to be the first to discover Mount Giluwe, so Leahy went to England in 1935 and forced the Royal Geographical Society to set up a hearing into the two opposing claims. The following year Mick Leahy was awarded at grant from the Society and published his discoveries in their journal. He also joined the Royal Australian Air Force as a flight lieutenant and was assigned to the US chief engineer to build an airstrip in Telefomin. Leahy was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), made an honorary member of the US Explorers' Club (1959) and was awarded the US Medal of Freedom with bronze palm.

  • Career position - First European (with Michael Dwyer) to visit the Gafuku valley of New Guinea
  • Career position - Stakeholder of New Guinea Goldfields Ltd.
  • Career position - Expeditions through New Guinea to areas including the Wahgi-Nebilyer divide and Mount Hagen
  • Career position - Expeditions throughout New Guinea and climbed Mount Giluwe, the countries highest peak
  • Career position - Went to England for the Royal Geographical Society hearing over the discovery of Mount Giluwe and other landmarks
  • Award - Murchison grant received from the Royal Geographical Society
  • Award - US Medal of Freedom - bronze palm received
  • Award - Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
  • Career position - Honorary member of the US Explorers' Club
  • Award - Explorers' medal received from the US Explorers' Club
  • Career position - the award-winning film of his travels produced

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Leahy, Michael James (Mick)
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Leahy, Michael James (1901-1979), Explorer
    Griffin, James
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1986
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 10, 34-36

Resources by Michael J. Leahy (17)

  1. Explorations into highland New Guinea, 1930-1935 / Michael J. Leahy ; edited by Douglas E. Jones ; foreword by Jane C. Goodale
    Leahy, Michael J., 1901-1979
    [ Book : 1991-1994 ]
    Possibly online
    At 44 libraries
    Explorations into highland New Guinea, 1930-1935 / Michael J. Leahy ; edited by Douglas E. Jones ; foreword by Jane C. Goodale
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 45.813)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 45.813)

  2. Papers of Michael J. Leahy
    Leahy, Michael J., 1901-1979
    [ Unpublished : 1930-1934 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 27.435)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 27.435)

  3. The land that time forgot : adventures and discoveries in New Guinea / by Michael Leahy and Maurice Crain
    Leahy, Michael J., 1901-1979
    [ Book : 1937 ]
    Read online at Hathi Trust
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    At 13 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 23.85)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 23.85)

  4. Michael Leahy in the Wahgi Valley, 1934 / Michael Leahy
    Leahy, Michael J., 1901-1979
    [ Photograph : 1934 ]
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    Michael Leahy in the Wahgi Valley, 1934 / Michael Leahy
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  5. First contact / produced and directed by Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson
    Connolly, Bob
    [ Video : 1980-2007 ]
    Languages: English;Papiamento, [1 other]
    Possibly online
    At 18 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 17.419)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 17.419)

  6. Diaries and speeches
    Leahy, Michael J., 1901-1979
    [ Microform, Unpublished : 1900 ]
    At National Library
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.235)

  7. An historical exploration of the Central Highlands / by Michael J. Leahy ; chaired by James Sinclair
    Leahy, Michael J., 1901-1979
    [ Book : 1972 ]
    At Art Gallery NSW Lib
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.149)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.149)

  8. Collection of photographs of New Guinea
    Leahy, Michael J., 1901-1979
    [ Photograph : 1933-1934 ]
    Languages: No linguistic content
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    Collection of photographs of New Guinea
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  9. Kanaka women, Papua New Guinea, 1933 / Michael Leahy
    Leahy, Michael J., 1901-1979
    [ Photograph : 1933 ]
    Languages: No linguistic content
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    Kanaka women, Papua New Guinea, 1933 / Michael Leahy
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.47)

  10. J. L. Taylor making first contact in the mid Wahgi, April 1933 / Michael Leahy
    Leahy, Michael J., 1901-1979
    [ Photograph : 1933 ]
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    At National Library
    J. L. Taylor making first contact in the mid Wahgi, April 1933 / Michael Leahy
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  1. Explorations into highland New Guinea, 1930-1935 / Michael J. Leahy ; edited by Douglas E. Jones ; foreword by Jane C. Goodale
    Leahy, Michael J., 1901-1979
    [ Book : 1991-1994 ]
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    Explorations into highland New Guinea, 1930-1935 / Michael J. Leahy ; edited by Douglas E. Jones ; foreword by Jane C. Goodale
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 45.618)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 45.618)

  2. Papers of Michael J. Leahy
    Leahy, Michael J., 1901-1979
    [ Unpublished : 1930-1934 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 27.448)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 27.448)

  3. The land that time forgot : adventures and discoveries in New Guinea / by Michael Leahy and Maurice Crain
    Leahy, Michael J., 1901-1979
    [ Book : 1937 ]
    Read online at Hathi Trust
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    At 13 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 23.761)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 23.761)

  4. Michael Leahy in the Wahgi Valley, 1934 / Michael Leahy
    Leahy, Michael J., 1901-1979
    [ Photograph : 1934 ]
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    At National Library
    Michael Leahy in the Wahgi Valley, 1934 / Michael Leahy
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.611)

  5. First contact / produced and directed by Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson
    Connolly, Bob
    [ Video : 1980-2007 ]
    Languages: English;Papiamento, [1 other]
    Possibly online
    At 18 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 17.393)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 17.393)

  6. Diaries and speeches
    Leahy, Michael J., 1901-1979
    [ Microform, Unpublished : 1900 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.251)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.251)

  7. An historical exploration of the Central Highlands / by Michael J. Leahy ; chaired by James Sinclair
    Leahy, Michael J., 1901-1979
    [ Book : 1972 ]
    At Art Gallery NSW Lib
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.183)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.183)

  8. First contact / Bob Connolly & Robin Anderson
    Connolly, Bob
    [ Book : 1987-2005 ]
    Read online at Open Library/Internet Archive
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    At 66 libraries
    First contact / Bob Connolly & Robin Anderson
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.951)

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  9. [Michael Leahy is making a movie of the plane Canberra and preparations are being made for the walk to Mt. Hagen, Central New Guinea], 1933
    [ Photograph : 1933 ]
    View online
    At National Library
    [Michael Leahy is making a movie of the plane Canberra and preparations are being made for the walk to Mt. Hagen, Central New Guinea], 1933
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 8.359)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 8.359)

  10. Big men, broken dreams : ten years of film making in the highlands of Papua New Guinea
    Anderson, Robin
    [ Sound : 1992 ]
    At ANU Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.692)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.692)

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  1. Website: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
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  2. Website: Using Lives: Essays in Australian Biography and History
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  3. Website: Benalla & District Family History Group
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  2. Members of the exploration party an...
    [ Photograph : 1933 ]
    Members of the exploration party and two aeroplane pilots, Hagen Landing Ground [Central New Guinea], 1933
  3. J. L. Taylor making first contact i...
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    [ Photograph : 1933 ]
    J. L. Taylor making first contact in the mid Wahgi, April 1933 / Michael Leahy
  4. Kanaka women, Papua New Guinea, 193...
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    Kanaka women, Papua New Guinea, 1933 / Michael Leahy
  5. A group of Chimbu men, photographed...
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    A group of Chimbu men, photographed by Michael Leahy on his 1933 expedition into the Wahgi Valley / Michael Leahy
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    Dr Sinclair standing with two men, ca. 1934 / Michael Leahy
  1. MR. MICHAEL DENIS LEAHY.
    Advocate (Melbourne, Vic. : 1868 - 1954) Thursday 21 January 1937 p 32 Article
    ... MR. MICHAEL DENIS LEAHY. The death, in tragic circumstances, following a motor accident near Cape ... Clear on December 22, of Mr. Michael Denis Leahy, of Piggoreet, caused widespread regret throughout that ... 227 words
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  2. MR. MICHAEL LEAHY.
    Advocate (Melbourne, Vic. : 1868 - 1954) Saturday 30 August 1913 p 33 Article
    ... MR. MICHAEL LEAHY. Mr. Michael Leahy, third son of Mrs. Leahy and the late Robert Leahy, of ... friends. The pall-bearers were Messrs. Martin Kelly, E. O'Neill, T. E. Mossop, P. Hardy, and J. Dobie. The ... 168 words
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  3. MR. MICHAEL LEAHY.
    Advocate (Melbourne, Vic. : 1868 - 1954) Thursday 9 January 1936 p 29 Article
    ... MR. MICHAEL LEAHY. Mr. Michael Leahy, who died at his residence, Yaldwin-street, Kyneton, early on ... County Kerry, Ireland, he came to Victoria about 65 years ago, and finding employment with the late Mr. J ... 336 words
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  1. The homespun pleasures of Lancaster County. (Pennsylvania)
    Leahy, Michael J
    The New York Times
    [ Map, Photograph, Article : 1981 ]
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  2. A tale of two cheeses. (Washington, DC)
    Weiss, Michael J
    American Demographics
    [ Map, Article : 1998 ]
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  3. Shot out of the sky; a captured U.S. soldier of fortune spins a tale of CIA intrigue. (includes article on El Salvador earthquake)
    Serrill, Michael S
    Time
    [ Map, Photograph, Article : 1986 ]
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  1. An epic journey : the 1930 expedition of Michael Leahy and Michael Dwyer across New Guinea via the Purari river
    Willis, Ian J
    [ Thesis : 1969 ]
    At ANU Library
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  2. New directions in labor economics and industrial relations / edited by Michael J. Carter and William H. Leahy
    Leahy, William H. (William Harrall)
    [ Book : 1981 ]
    At 8 libraries
    New directions in labor economics and industrial relations / edited by Michael J. Carter and William H. Leahy
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.296)

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  3. William Blake / Cathy Leahy
    Blake, William, 1757-1827
    [ Book, Article, Audio book : 1925-2014 ]
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    William Blake / Cathy Leahy
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  4. The liberation debate : rights at issue / edited by Michael Leahy and Dan Cohn-Sherbok
    Leahy, Michael P. T., 1934-
    [ Book : 1996 ]
    Possibly online
    At 12 libraries
    The liberation debate : rights at issue / edited by Michael Leahy and Dan Cohn-Sherbok
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    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.204)

  1. Leahy
    Leahy
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  2. JOHN SAMPLE LEAHY c1810 of Kinsale, Cork - Stonemason, Plasterer, Builder, Architect & Publican
    JOHN SAMPLE LEAHY c1810 of Kinsale, Cork - Stonemason, Plasterer, Builder, Architect & Publican
    Created by beetle, 106 items.

    JOHN LEAHY AND FAMILY -John Sample (Semple) Leahy c1810 and his wife Ellen McCarthy c1813 were married on 23rd April, 1831 in Kinsale (RC), County of Cork, Ireland. Their witnesses were James Whi...

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  3. Halligan
    Halligan
    Created by bjpark, 760 items.

    J Halligan

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  1. Claude Leahy
    Leahy, Claude Michael, 1891-1917
    [ Unpublished : 1915-1919 ]
    At State Library S Aust
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  2. Papers of John Black
    Black, J. R. (John Russell), 1908-1988
    [ Unpublished : 1933-1988 ]
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    Papers of John Black
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  3. Papers of Kenneth Slessor
    Slessor, Kenneth, 1901-1971
    [ Unpublished : 1815-1971 ]
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    Papers of Kenneth Slessor
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  1. William Blake / Cathy Leahy
    Blake, William, 1757-1827
    [ Book, Article, Audio book : 1925-2014 ]
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  2. Michael J. Fox on his Hollywood ups and downs: "This town is a lottery system. One year you're it, and the next you're gone."
    Leahy, Michael
    TV Guide
    [ Article : 1991 ]
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  3. Michael J. Jeary, John Kaiser Jr., J. Michael Leahy and Scott A. Rossborough. (People)
    Dougherty, Philip H
    The New York Times
    [ Article : 1988 ]
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  4. Cont'l taps finance vet to spearhead new unit. (Continental Bank, Michael J. Leahy, Real Estate Capital Markets Group)
    Strahler, Steven R
    Crain's Chicago Business
    [ Article : 1990 ]
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  1. Mad men
    Lions Gate Television (Firm)
    [ Video : 2007-2016 ]
    Languages: English;Spanish, [1 other]
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    At 100 libraries
    Mad men
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  2. William Blake / Cathy Leahy
    Blake, William, 1757-1827
    [ Book, Article, Audio book : 1925-2014 ]
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  3. Trekkies 2 / director, Roger Nygard ; producer, Michael Leahy
    Paramount Home Entertainment (Australasia) Pty., Ltd
    [ Video : 2004 ]
    Languages: English;German;Danish;Dutch, [5 others]
    At 6 libraries
    Trekkies 2 / director, Roger Nygard ; producer, Michael Leahy
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  4. Ulysses / James Joyce
    Joyce, James, 1882-1941
    [ Book, Audio book, Sound : 1900-2018 ]
    Languages: English;Irish;Chinese;German, [15 others]
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  1. ECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION. In the will and codicil of Michael Leahy, late of Wagga Wagga, in the Colony of New South Wales, drover, deceased.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Tuesday 8 April 1884 [Issue No.163] p 2377

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... Michael Leahy, late of Wagga Wagga, in the Colony of New South Wales, drover, deceased. NOTICE is hereby ... fit object thereto j otherwise if the said accounts be not objected to, the same will be examined by ... 164 words
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  2. No. 27. LIST OF LETTERS RETURNED FROM THE COUNTRY, AND NOW LYING AT THIS OFFICE UNCLAIMED.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Tuesday 21 October 1884 [Issue No.534 (SUPPLEMENT)] p 7063

    Government Gazette Notices

    ... Michael, Tarago 10 Leahy J„ Nymugee 17 Lo Gheurhmnl Jai,, Oilgunnia 18 Lees Jog, All., '.Fomoro 19 Leeson ... ., Newcastle 2 Abercrombie Mr., Coofcamundra 3 Adams Fred., Silverton 4 Adams J., Parramatta 6 Adams GK, Tweed ... 32984 words
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  3. POSTMASTER-GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT. (QUEENSLAND.)
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Friday 18 November 1927 [Issue No.128] p 2941

    Government Gazette Appointments And Employment

    ... . Fury, J. T.f .. Leahy, J. M. .. Quinn, G.f Howitt, W. S. Vacant (Lucy) {Telephone. Accounts ... 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 Name. Christie, A. J. Cobbespondbnoe, Records, amd Staff Branch ... 43373 words
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