1 Part 1 and Part 2 are based on research undertaken in the preparation of the article by Nancy Lutton and Hilary Rowell, 'Return to Port Moresby - the survival copying and restitution of rescued records', in Archives and Manuscripts, vol. 23 no. 2, Nov 1995, pp. 290-305. The article drew on research work undertaken by two former members of staff of the National Archives and its predecessors, H J Gibbney and P J Scott.
3 British Administration of German New Guinea Government Gazette, vol. 1, no. 1, 15 Oct 1914; Australia, Administration of Nauru: Report for Pre-mandate period ending 17th December, 1920..., Commonwealth Parliamentary Papers, 1922, vol. II, p. 2809; NAA: CP78/23, 89/68.
8 The report of the Royal Commission of inquiry into the present conditions, including the methods of government of the Territory now known as Papua and the best means for their improvement appears in Commonwealth Parliamentary Papers, Senate vol. 1, 1907, pp. 137-463. No records of the Royal Commission survive in the National Archives' custody. Another Royal Commission concerning the Territory which was held in 1904 was that on the Affray at Goaribari Island British New Guinea on 6 March 1904. Its report appears in Commonwealth Parliamentary Papers, 1904, pp. 67-175. Again, no records of the Royal Commission survive.
9 H J Gibbney, Draft Guide to the Records of the Territory of Papua (Inventory No. 7), Commonwealth Archives Office: Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Circumstances relating to the Suspension of the Civil Administration, 1944–1945 (there is a small quantity of records of this inquiry in the National Archives' custody); Territory of Papua Gazette Extraordinary, 14 Feb 1942.
13 NAA: A518, Z 836/2. These files were transferred to the Archives by Prime Minister's Department and by the Department of Territories (I) in 1960. These accessions were later converted to G1 and G2.
14 On 4 January 1946, the Headquarters, First Army (AIF) reported to the Administrator in Port Moresby that inquiries in New Britain and New Ireland revealed that the only property of the Civil Administration found since reoccupation were some library books in Rabaul. No other official documents were found. See NAA: A518, AO 800/1/3, Part 2.