Series 462 - New Guinea Society, Canberra Branch papers

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New Guinea Society, Canberra Branch papers


  • 1957 - 1965 (Creation)

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0.2m (1 type 1 box)

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(1957 - c. 1965)

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The New Guinea Society was set up at a meeting in Canberra on 31 July 1957, following a call for expressions of interest from Ralph Bulmer, Margaret McArthur, Murray Groves and others. The Society was based in Canberra and drew most of its membership from the Australian National University, the Commonwealth Department of Territories and CSIRO. Professor J.W. Davidson, dean of the Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, required all PhD students in the Research School of Pacific Studies to belong to the Society.

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The records comprise New Guinea Society papers presented at meetings in Canberra, records relating to membership and activities, correspondence, constitution, minutes and notices of meetings. The collection also includes some documents relating to the Papua and New Guinea Society, a group formed in Port Moresby in 1962.


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Entered from deposit description on 16 April 2013




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