Collection MS 7 - A History in diary form of Civil Aviation in Papua and New Guinea

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AU PMB MS 7

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A History in diary form of Civil Aviation in Papua and New Guinea

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  • 1913 - 1935 (Creation)

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2 reels; 35mm microfilm

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Mr Ian Grabowsky, born in Finland in 1899, was actively associated with New Guinea aviation from 1931 to 1937 as a pilot and manager for Guinea Airways Ltd. Between 1962 and 1967, he compiled a history of civil aviation in New Guinea to the year 1935 for the Commonwealth Department of Civil Aviation (Australia). For further details of Grabowsky's career and his compilation, see Pacific Islands Monthly for February, 1968, p.14.

A detailed account of the development of civil aviation and the exploits of the early fliers in New Guinea to 1935, drawing upon a wide range of published and unpublished material.
Reel 1: Introduction; Vol.1 - Chapter 1 The Discovery of Gold 1529-1925. Chapter 2 The Early Transport System (including a section on oil, administration patrols and recruitment of human transport). Chapters 3 and 4 Transport and the Goldfields 1926 (Chapter 4 includes A Wild Road Winds to Wau by Mrs Alice Allen Innes, 'mine hostess' at Salamau from 1927, recounting an incident recorded in her diary). Chapters 5 to 7 deal with Air Transport and the Goldfields from 1927 to 1929 respectively. Vol.2 - Chapters 7 to 9 cover air transport and the goldfields from 1930 to 1932 respectively. Vol.3 - Chapter 10 Great Discoveries of New Lands, New People, New Wealth, New Ventures and New Ambitions.
Reel 2: Vol.3 (cont.) Chapter 11 - 1934. Vol.4 - 1935.

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Department of Civil Aviation, Melbourne, Victoria

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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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