Collection MS 1165 - Archives

PMB MS 1165 Finding Aid

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AU PMB MS 1165




  • 1927-1994 (Creation)

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6 reels; 35mm microfilm

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A Sub-Station was first establised at Losuia in the South Eastern Division of British New Guinea (later Papua) in 1904. It was rebuilt in 1910 and continued to operate right through World War II till the present. In March 1950 the Papuan Eastern and South Eastern Divisions were merged to create the Milne Bay District. In 1978 the Milne Bay District acquired Provincial status.
The Losuia District Administration covers the northern part of the Milne Bay Province with the mass of the population residing at Kiriwina, Kitava and Murua (Woodlark) Islands. It had two administrative centres, one at Losuia on the island of Kiriwina and a subsidiary centre at Guasopa on the island of Murua.
Local Government Council were established at Kiriwina and Murua. As a consequence of the Kabisawali Movement, the Kiriwina LGC was abandonded in 1990 and replaced by a Kiriwina Community Government constituted under Milne Bay Provincial charter. The Community Government includes a council of traditional chiefs who are regarded as an “Upper House”.

Selected Losuia Distict Administration files, including: economic development, including agriculture, cooperatives, tourism, fisheries and forestry, 1956-92; customs and chiefs, 1927-84; education, 1961-89; Milne Bay Area Authority, 1972-78; Kiriwina Local Government, 1959-93; patrol reports, 1969-94; annual reports, 1969-91 (gaps); social and political development, 1962-89. File lists and indexes. See also PMB 1177.<P><B>See reel list for further details</B>

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Losuia District Administration, Losuia, Kiriwina, Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea

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