Helga Griffin graduated BA at the University of Papua New Guinea (1975) and in the Honours History program of James Cook University of North Queensland (1984) and obtained a graduate Dip. Ed. at the Canberra College of Advanced Education (1987). She was on the research and editorial staff of the Australian Dictionary of Biography at The Australian National University, 1979 to 1998. Her interest in Bougainville’s history and ethnography spans 33 years.