Series 272 - Alan Ward research papers on Pacific Island land matters

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Alan Ward research papers on Pacific Island land matters


  • 1945 - 1997 (Creation)

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4.0m (20 boxes)

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(1935 - 2014)

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Alan Ward was born in Gisborne, New Zealand on 11 June 1935. He was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader, La Trobe University 1967-1987; Senior Lecturer of History, University of Papua New Guinea 1971; Consultant to Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters, PNG 1973; Director Department of Rural Lands Representative, Vanuatu 1981-82; Professor of History, University of Newcastle 1987-1996.

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Almost half of this record group is concerned with PNG. These papers were gathered when Ward was Lecturer in History at the University of Papua New Guinea and adviser to the Land Evaluation and Demarcation Project Study (LEAD). The collection includes correspondence, notes, articles and papers, draft legislation and press cuttings.

A small portion of these papers relate to politics and land matters in Australia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Africa, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Banaba, French Polynesia and Guadeloupe.

The remainder of the documents are mainly concerned with New Caledonia between 1947 and 1990 and were assembled by Ward at La Trobe University, Melbourne, through the 1980s, particularly during the years of political uncertainty in the French Territory from 1984 to 1990


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Arranged and described by the Pacific Manuscripts Bureau.

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Prepared by Karina Taylor 13 Nov 2007 ; Updated by Christine Bryan on 18 October 2016




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