It is with great satisfaction that we can announce that the OAS Journal is finally to join its peers in cyberspace. The OAS Committee, after protracted discussion, has decided to place the full version of back copies of the Journal on the new website constructed by web designer, Andrew Drane. Editions of the Journal for the previous year will still only be available to members, although news and event information, and article ‘teaser’ extracts will be posted immediately. It is hoped that these actions will regenerate the Society and help attract new members, more journal contributors and enhance the core mission of the OAS of “furthering the appreciation and understanding of Oceanic art”. Incoming OAS President, Dominic McGeary, outlines his plans, including increased internet engagement in his inaugural statement in this issue. Please watch your email inboxes as details of these developments are finalized and sent out to members. In this edition we are pleased to present a rich offering: book reviews on the Sepik show in Europe and of a study of Abelam ceremonial house; how cultural treasures are faring in the early collectors for the South Australian Museum; a new Massim Museum in PNG, and a thoughtful obituary of well-known dealer and collector, Peter Hallinan. Presenter of the next OAS lecture at the Australian Museum on March 9, Dr. Mike Donaldson, also gives us a foretaste of what is sure to be a fascinating talk on Australia’s Rock Art.
Lastly we would like to congratulate OAS member, Adrian Newstead, on receiving his OAM in this year’s Australia Day honours list for services to the museum and gallery sector, particularly in the promotion of indigenous art. Well done Adrian!