With Dem Tull heading for the final issue, we decided that it was appropriate to induct Julie Christian for the Hall of Fame - the woman responsible for creating Dem Tull eight years ago.
Julie Christian was born on Pitcairn on May 13th, 1953, the oldest of three siblings. She grew up on Pitcairn, but had the desire to see the world beyond, and hence, at the age of fifteen, she went off to further her education at Fulton Adventist College in Fiji. After this she went to New Zealand and studied at Longburn Adventist College, where many Pitcairners have since had their education.
Julie remained in New Zealand, making a living for herself, though she returned to visit often, and kept in constant contact with her family. With her academic background she utilised her skills working in the office admin of a very reputable organisation, and was there for many years. All through the years she kept sending parcels and boxes home to her family containing various food and other items which were hard to come by on the isolated island. She retained a deep love for her homeland and treasured anything that was even remotely Pitcairn-related, always talking of her happy childhood. In 1990 she had a son, Benjamin, named after her father, and she would always consider her son her greatest accomplishment.
She was active in Pitcairn-related activities in New Zealand, - accommodated travellers from Pitcairn and hosted dinners, and during the time of Operation Unique, she steadfastly and proudly stood up for her homeland.
It was a contribution of factors that caused her to take the initiative to write the first issue of “Dem Tull” in 2007. This newsletter appeared to many to hold second place only to her son Benjamin in her life, and her passion was reflected in every issue. She would often marvel at the amount of people who read “Dem Tull,” and how she contributed to people's knowledge of Pitcairn Island around the world. Soon she involved people such as Kari Young to write other articles (and eventually succeed her), someone else to write historical articles, and the late Terry Young to provide a host of photographs for the world to see.
She was diagnosed with cancer in late 2009, and had an operation that kept the cancer at bay for a couple of years. Despite the fact that she knew she was dying, she continued working on “Dem Tull”, as well as supporting her son until the end. During this time she also visited Pitcairn twice. Sadly, her battle with this terrible disease ended on May 3rd, 2014. Her ashes were sent back home, according to her wishes, and buried on Pitcairn, the land she loved so much.
With this concludes the Dem Tull Hall of Fame, and is the stand alone entrant for 2015. We find it appropriate that she graces the final entry, the genesis of “Dem Tull.”
Primary crediuts for this article come from Julie's family, namely her brother Dennis and son Benjamin. Also, Kari Young for providing the rest of the information.