Collection MS 1054 - Correspondence, autobiographical memos, family certificates, miscellaneous papers and Sogerinumu magazine of Sogeri High School, maps and photographs

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AU PMB MS 1054


Correspondence, autobiographical memos, family certificates, miscellaneous papers and Sogerinumu magazine of Sogeri High School, maps and photographs


  • 1934 - 1990 (Creation)

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1 reel; 35mm microfilm

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These papers comprise the family records of Andrew Lisle Johnston (1912-1990), Mrs E.M. Johnston and their son Edgar Lisle Johnston (b.1940). The collection includes: letters from native employees, various family papers, and a large collection of photographs including many of plantation life and work from 1935 to 1977

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1. 65 letters from native employees to A.L., E.L. or E.M. Johnston (81pp). The letters cover the period 1962 to 1977 and generally refer to employment on sogeri Estate or to problems which needed the assistance of the Johnston family. Many are in Pidgin and some in Motu. All have been individually anotated by E.L. Johnston with explanations and, where possible, identify the writer and circumstances.
2. A.L. Johnston's Autobiographical Memos (11pp) a: a memo by A.L. Johnston on the early years of the plantation compiled c.1985 b: a memo by A.L. Johnston How I spent by 60th Birthday 20th July 1972
3. Johnston Family Certificates (44pp) Birth, Marriage, Death, Medical, Medical Aid and Military Certificates; Commissioner for Declarations Certificates and associates Ordinance; A.L. Johnston's 1945 Demobilization Procedure Book and 1975 passport; E.M. Johnston's 1946 Civilian Identity Card
4. Miscellaneous material (88pp)
a: Newspaper clipping Lismore Couple to Return to New Guinea, The Northern Star, 3 April 1957
b: Newspaper clipping Armidale Girl Weds in Port Moresby Church, South Pacific Post, 22 December 1961
c: Notes on the Sogeri Plantation compiled by students of Sogeri High School
d: Papuan Agricultural Society's Annual Show, Sogeri Prize Schedule, 15 September 1958
e: Anniversary Race Meeting Programme, 4 June 1956, Boroko
f: Letter from Papua Turf Club to E.L. Johnston to appoint him Clerk of Scales, 7 October 1970
g: Airlinle Ticket Folder, 'Air Pacific', containing E.L. Johnston's ticket for his last flight to PNG
5. Sogerinumu: the magazine of the Sogeri High School - 1966 and 1967
6. Johnston Family Photographs and Map of the Environs of Sogeri
Map of Crown Lands and of the Occupation in the Environs of sogeri by T. Jackson Townsend of the Survey Office, Port Moresby, 12 July 1934. The map extends from Rouna Township to the headwaters of Eworogo Creek, and shows the boundaries and ownership of the rubber plantations
7. 480 photographs dating from 1935 to 1990 including many of work and life at Sogeri (128 of them are pre-1941, and some show Port Moresby).

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Mr E.L. Johnston, PO Box 618, ARMIDALE NSW 2350

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