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Papua New Guinea Records 1883–1942: Microfilm Collections


Papua New Guinea Records 1883–1942: Microfilm Collections

Peter Nagle

Published by the National Archives of Australia


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This guide is number 4 in the series of Research Guides published by the National Archives.

The records listed in this guide reflect the changes in the administration of Papua New Guinea since 1883. They cover records from the German administration of New Guinea from 1884 to 1914, the Australian Army administration of German New Guinea from 1914 to 1921, British New Guinea records from 1884 to 1906, and Territory of Papua records from 1906 to 1942.

The majority of these records were microfilmed for use in Australia and originals returned to the National Archives and Public Records Services of Papua New Guinea. This guide will be invaluable to researchers interested in the administration of this nation before independence.

Peter Nagle is a history graduate from Macquarie University and worked for the National Archives for more than 20 years. He authored the National Archives of Australia research guide Australia in Focus: Photographs in the National Archives, and co-authored the National Archives research guide Aboriginal Deaths in Custody: The Royal Commission and its Records, 1987–91.

Guides include the material known to be relevant to their subject area but they are not necessarily a complete or definitive guide to all relevant material in the collection.

The National Archives reviews its collection to confirm the value of records for research, evidential and other purposes or to identify, in consultation with agencies, records for destruction. At the time of publication all the records described in this guide were present in the Archives collection. However, it is possible that some of the records may be destroyed if they are reviewed and considered not to be of enduring value. If this occurs, the guide will be revised accordingly.

© Commonwealth of Australia 2002

First published 1998 Reprinted with revisions 2002

ISBN 0 642 34487 6

ISSN 1326–7078

This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968 no part may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission from the National Archives. Requests and inquiries concerning reproduction and rights should be directed to the Publications Manager, National Archives, PO Box 7425, Canberra Business Centre, ACT 2610 Australia.

HTML version: Brian Joyce, Neris Bryden and Russell Pym

Cover: 'Orokolo, Sunset on Herekeve Creek', January 1935, from the collection of glass plate negatives of ethnological photographs mainly taken by F E Williams. NAA: A6003, 332.1

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