Series 309 - Papers relating to population in the Pacific Islands

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Papers relating to population in the Pacific Islands


  • 1924 - 1967 (Creation)

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(1921 - 1984)

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Norma Ruth McArthur received a degree in mathematics from the University of Melbourne (1941) before spending a few years of statistical work in wartime administration and industry. In 1945 she joined the Department of Experimental Medicine at Melbourne University. In 1949 she took up a position as Assistant Lecturer in Demography, University College, London. McArthur came to the Australian National University in 1952 as a member of the Department of Demography, Research School of Social Sciences, 1952-1970. During her time in the Department of Demography she led a round of censuses taken in 1956 in Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands and later became consultant to other island territories including the Solomons in 1959, the Gilbert and Ellice in 1963 and the New Hebrides in 1967. She was Research Fellow, Fellow, Senior Fellow and Professorial Fellow in Prehistory, Research School of Pacific Studies (RSPacS) 1970-1974; PhD Student in Pacific and Southeast Asian History, RSPacS 1975-1980; and appointed Senior Research Fellow. At the time of her death she was Visiting Fellow in the Department of Pacific and Southeast Asian History. McArthur died on 17 January 1984.

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Papers relate to McArthur’s work on population in the Pacific Islands, includes research notes and census data. Also includes copies of McArthur’s work 'Population of Pacific Islands' parts 1, 3, 6-9.


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Parts II, IV, V were not found when collection was transferred to the Pacific Research Archives in 2008.

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Prepared by Karina Taylor on 21 September 2009




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