On September 19, 2014 in Papua-New Guinea there was held the grand opening of the renovated Memorial dedicated to the famous Russian traveler, scientist, naturalist and ethnographer Nikolai Miklouho-Maclay (1846-1888). This was made possible through the efforts of the Russian-Italian family patrons. The old Memorial was not just renovated, they have also built a wall made of natural coral material around the Cape where the house of Maclay was located in 1871-1872 to protect the shore from erosion due to the strong ocean waves.
      The above event was included in the calendar of the Russian Geographical Society and had recieved diplomatic support of the Russian Embassy in Jakarta (Indonesia), accredited to Papua-New Guinea.
      The Memorial was founded in 1971 by a group of Soviet sailors and scientists who have received permission for a short-term visit to the country to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Maclay's landing at the coast of Papua New Guinea. The Russian explorer sailed there on the corvette "Vityaz". 
      Among the many travel routes the scientist was also on an expedition to Italy in 1968, from Venice to Sicily. Maclay was married to Australian, his children and grandchildren live in Australia, and the University of Sydney has the statue of Maclay and a small exhibition of his personal belongings and manuscripts. The researcher died in 1888 in St. Petersburg at the age of 42 years.