Collection MS 600 - Correspondence, diaries, notes, articles, speeches

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AU PMB MS 600

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Correspondence, diaries, notes, articles, speeches

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  • 1942 - 1966 (Creation)

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2 reels; 35mm microfilm

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Edward L.G. Thomas, or Gordon Thomas as he was usually known, joined the Methodist Mission in New Guinea as a printer in 1911, and later worked as a planter, trader and oil driller in that territory. He was editor of the Rabaul Times from 1925-1927 and from 1933-1942. He was one of about 300 European civilians captured when the Japanese invaded Rabaul in January 1942 and one of only four who remained in Rabaul throughout the Japanese occupation.

Reel 1:
1. General correspondence, 1946-66
2. Correspondence re disposal of printing plant used to produce Guinea Gold 1946-47
3. Correspondence re Fred Urban's war damage claims, 1947-48
4. Correspondence re Queen Emma (Mrs Emma Kolbe), 1955
5. Diary and other writings while prisoner-of-war, 1942-45
6. Notes and papers collected while prisoner-of-war, 1942-45
7. Articles, 1945-49 (Continued on reel 2)
Reel 2:
Item 7 continued
8. Speeches and articles, undated (c.1946-49)
9. Diary of trip on MV Bulolo to Papua and New Guinea, 1955
Thomas' manuscript Rabaul - 1942-45, describing his experiences as a prisoner-of-war in Rabaul, has been filmed as PMB 36.

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Division of Pacific and Asian History, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, Canberra as part of the Sponsoring Libraries of the Papua New Guinea Records Project

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Access this title at PMB Member Libraries or by purchasing it directly from the Bureau: http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/pambu/accessing.php

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ms600

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