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

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Correspondence, diaries, notes, articles, speeches


  • 1942 - 1966 (Creation)

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2 reels; 35mm microfilm; Digital PDF

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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:

  1. Articles, 1945-49 (Continued from reel 1)
  2. Speeches and articles, undated (c.1946-49)
  3. Diary of trip on MV Bulolo to Papua and New Guinea, 1955

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Institution: Division of Pacific and Asian History
Research School of Pacific Studies
Address: Australian National University, Canberra
Country: Australia

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Keywords: World War Two, World War 2, World War II, WWII, WW2, W.W.II, W.W.2, Second World War, 2nd World War, Pacific War


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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