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Solomon Star (Honiara)

  • AU PMB DOC 429
  • Collection
  • 1982-1987

The <i>Solomon Star</i> was originally published as a regular Government Information Service newsheet. In 1975 it was turned in to a weekly newspaper called The <i>Solomons News Drum</i>. In mid-1982 it was taken over by five Solomon Islanders and renamed the <i>Solomon Star</i>, and has run as a private newspaper ever since.

<b>Reel 1 </b>
Nos.1-11, 28 May-6 Aug 1982
Nos.13-31, 20 Aug-23 Dec 1982
Nos.32-82, 7 Jan 1983-23 Dec 1983
<b>Reel 2</b>
Nos.83-133, 6 Jan 1984-21 Dec 1984
Nos.134-152, 11 Jan 1985-17 May 1985
<b>Reel 3</b>
Nos.153-183, 24 May 1985-20 Dec 1985
Nos.184-207, 10 Jan 1986-20 Jun 1986
<b>Reel 4</b>
Nos.208-233, 27 Jun 1986-19 Dec 1986
Nos.234-256, 9 Jan 1987-11 Jun 1987

Solomon Star (Honiara)

Yap State Constitutional Convention papers

  • AU PMB MS 1173
  • Collection
  • 1982

In 1947 the United Nations established the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (TTPI), vesting administration with the USA. The districts within the TTPI included Ponape (then including Kusaie), Truk, Yap, Palau, the Marshall Islands and the Northern Marianna Islands. In 1960s and 1970s the US and local representatives from these districts met to discuss various options for self-determination. This resulted in the eventual partition of the TTPI. The Northern Marianas became a self governing commonwealth within the US, while the rest of the TTPI was divided between the Marshall Islands, Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), all gradually achieving independence in free association with the USA from the early 1980s through to 1990 when the TTPI was finally dissolved by the UN.

In 1978 the peoples of Truk (now Chuuk), Ponape (Pohnpei), Kusaie (Kosrae) and Yap voted to form the FSM. In the early 1980s these states drafted and implemented their own constitutions, ready for the FSM's 1986 ratification of the Compact of Free Association with the USA. On 16 March 1982 the first Yap State Convention met to draft a constitution that was ratified by plebiscite in November of that year. The constitution enshrined a four branch system of government comprising the executive, legislative, judicial and traditional. Yap became the only state in the FSM where traditional leaders were fully incorporated into a constitution; through the Council of Pilung and the Council of Tamol, representing traditional leaders from Yap's main island and the state's outer islands respectively. These councils were granted authority over matters concerning tradition and custom. The constitution is also unique in Micronesia in mandating a balanced state budget. These papers cover the debates, discussions and meetings that resulted in this constitution.

Registered files of the Yap State Constitutional Convention, including: resolutions and reports of Convention Committees; agenda, journals and verbatim transcripts (in Yapese, Ulithian and English) of the proceedings of the Committee of the Whole and Plenary Sessions; Proposals; Resolutions; drafts of the Constitution; correspondence and related administrative documents.

See reel list for further details.

Yap State Constitutional Convention

World YWCA, South Pacific Area, Ofis Blong Ol Meri, circulars, leaflets, reports, newsletters and posters

  • AU PMB MS 1277
  • Collection
  • 1982-1991

The World YWCA started a South Pacific Project in 1974 with Ruth Lechte as staff person. In 1982, Ofis Blong Ol Meri was established with Diane Goodwillie as Co-ordinator. In May 1983, Edith Enoga from Papua New Guinea was appointed as Communications Development Officer. Ofis Blong Ol Meri was a project to serve the needs of women in the Pacific Islands (especially PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, New Caledonia, Kiribati and Tuvalu). It worked mainly with non-government women’s groups. (From leaflet, n.d., 1983?)

Circulars, leaflets and reports, 1982-1987; Newsletters, 1983-1991; Photographs; Calendars, 1984-1988; Related Publications, 1994-2002.
See Finding aids for details.

Lechte Ruth and Goodwillie Diane

Reports on the Trade Union Movement in the Pacific Islands

  • AU PMB MS 1195
  • Collection
  • 1981-1997

Jim Falk (University of Wollongong), A New Force in the Nuclear Conflict: the Birth of the Pacific Trade Union Forum, Jun 1981. Ts., p/c, 32pp.
Michael Hamel-Green (People for Nuclear Disarmament), The Second Pacific Trade Union Forum Conference, Noumea, New Caledonia, 26-28 September 1982. A report on the background, proceedings and outcome of the conference, 1982. Ts., p/c, 22pp.
Michael Easson (Assistant Secretary of the Labor Council of NSW), Left and Labor in the Pacific. Contribution to Hoover Institute, Stanford University, Seminar on ‘The Red Orchestra in the Pacific’, n.d. Ts., p/c, 65pp.
R Hogan (Victorian State Secretary, Federated Miscellaneous Workers Union), Report to ACTU Executive on Pacific Trade Union Conference held at Auckland, New Zealand, May 18-May 20, 1986, 3 Mar 1987. Ts., p/c, 35pp plus attachments.
Raghwan (Education Officer, ICFTU/APRO Pacific Office), ICFTU/APRO Education Project, Brisbane, Australia. 1. Report, Proceedings and Recommendations of the ICFTU/APRO Pacific Education Project Review and Planning Workshop, 26-18th April, 1989; 2. Conclusion of Steering Committee Meeting of the South Pacific and Oceanic Council of Trade Unions (SPOCTU), 28th April”, 1989. Ts., p/c, c.60pp.
Minutes of the ICFTU/APRO Pacific Structure Steering Committee meeting, Brisbane, Australia, 28 Apr 1989. Ts., 6pp.
Michael Kinnane (Executive Officer, South Pacific and Oceanic Council of Trade Unions), Trade Unions in the Island Countries of the South Pacific Region: an overview, Jan 1990. Ts., p/c, 7pp., plus attachments.
Michael Kinnane (Executive Officer, South Pacific and Oceanic Council of Trade Unions), Trade Unions in the South Pacific: some observations, 4 Sep 1990. Ts., 12pp.
Pratap Chand, Ken Douglas & Bill Mansfield (South Pacific Union Development Program Steering Committee), Review of the South Pacific Union Program, May 1997. Ts., 30pp.

Australian Council of Trade Unions

Naika (Port Vila)

  • AU PMB DOC 428
  • Collection
  • 1981-1993

Naika was the Journal of the Vanuatu Natural Science Society. David Dickerson was the Chairman of the Society (in 1982) and the editor of their journal was Richard Pickering. The journal includes a bibliography of natural science in Vanuatu.

Nos. 1-42, 1981-1993.

Naika (Port Vila)

Tam-tam (Port Vila)

  • AU PMB DOC 488
  • Collection
  • 21 May 1980-28 Jun 1984

Weekly newspaper in Bislama, French and English. Published in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Nos. 1-188, 21 May 1980-28 Jun 1984.
See Finding aids for details.


Camohe: a history of four generations of the Carpenter family

  • AU PMB MS 1113
  • Collection
  • n.d.. (1980s)

W R Carpenter & Company Limited was registered in Sydney in 1914. The company was founded by Walter Randolf Carpenter. He was subsequently joined by his brothers, J A and W H Carpenter and, still later, by his two sons, R B and C H Carpenter. The company was initially involved in shipping and trading island produce in Papua, including copra, cocoa, trochus, beche-de-mer and green snail shell. After 1920 it became involved in copra plantations in the Mandated Territory of New Guinea and extended its interests to the Solomon islands, and the Gilbert and Ellice Islands. In 1938 it pioneered an air link between Sydney and Lae. After the War, in which Carpenters suffered heavy losses, the company was restructed as a holding company. In 1956, when R B Carpenter was Chairman of the Board of Directors, the Carpenter Group purchased the retail operations of Morris Hedstrom & Co in Fiji, Tonga and Samoa.

This is a poor quality photocopy of the original, Ts., 97pp., given to the Bureau by Pepita Carpenter. Ch.1, Pioneering the Pacific, pp.1-3; Ch.2, The Costa Rica Packet, pp.4-7; Ch.3, Treasure in Trochus, pp.8-9; Ch.4, A Small Beginning and a Stumble, pp.10-13; Ch.5, The Company Regained, pp.14-16; Ch.6, Between the Wars – an Era of Expansion, pp.17-21; Ch.7, The Creative Years – Shipping, pp.22-25; Ch.8, The Creative Years – Aviation, pp.26-31; Ch.9, The Creative Years – Merchandising, pp.31-38; Ch.10, The Creative Years – The Plantation Industries, pp.34-38; Ch.11, Sir Walter – Thoughts and Theories, pp.39-45; Ch.12, Stranded in Canada, pp.46-50; Ch.13, The Ravages of War, pp.50-53; Ch.14, Gains and Some Losses, pp.54-59; Ch.15, A New Chairman – Growth Continues, pp.60-65; Ch.16, The Tradition Maintained, pp.66-70; Ch.17, The Pattern Changes, pp.71-79; Ch.18, Some Turbulent Years, pp.80-84. Appendix 1, Profit and Dividend History, pp.85-86; Appendix 2, A Brief History of the Major Elements of the W R Carpenter Group in Australia…, pp.87-91; Appendix 3, Extracts from correspondence between J M Hedstrom and W R Carpenter, 1920-1922, following takeover of W R Carpenter & Co Ltd by Morris Hedstrom Ltd, pp.92-97.

Melrose, Ray

National news bulletins

  • AU PMB MS 1414
  • Collection
  • 1980-1998

This collection is composed of news reports (which are called bulletins) that were written every day for the 6:30 evening news show. Each box contains approximately 10 to 11 folders that represent the month of the year. They are filed in chronological order starting with 1980.

The news stories were typically written in length from a paragraph to two pages on foolscap size papers. Many bulletins have written revision or editorial notes.

The Bulletins are the English scripts read by the 6pm (and sometimes 9pm) radio newsreaders. They generally are in two parts per bulletin with an average of 5 stories per part (total approx 12-14 pages per day). Each of the two parts begins with a news headlines page.
The Bulletins contain local news, including reports on events, quotes from government officials, statements from political parties etc. Subjects include elections, court matters, education, development plans, health issues, sport, unions, weather events, fishing, cross border activities. They don’t contain international news except for nearby Pacific countries.

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation

Reo Pasifika. Voice of the Pacific. La Voix du Pacifique

  • AU PMB DOC 521
  • Collection
  • 1980

Reo Pasifika. Voice of the Pacific. La Voix Du Pacifique, Journal of the Pacific Churches Research Centre, Port Vila; edited by Rev. Brian Macdonald-Milne, No.1, 1980. See PMB 1333 for records relating to the Pacific Churches Research Centre.

This is a rare copy of Reo Pasifika. Voice of the Pacific. La voix du Pacifique, No.1, 1980, journal of the Pacific Churches Research Centre, Port Vila, in English and French; edited by Rev. Brian Macdonald-Milne. It is likely that there was only ever one issue of Reo Pasifika published. This issue includes articles by Sir John Guise on Christianity in PNG and by Grace Mera Molisa on women in Vanuatu. There are also two articles on Pacific archives administration: one by Fr. Theo Cook SM on the Marist archives in the Pacific and the other by Rev. Brian Macdonald-Milne reporting on PEACESAT discussions on Pacific archives administration held in 1978 and 1979.

Reo Pasifika. Voice of the Pacific. la Voix Du Pacifique

Kal Muller Photographs of West Papua

  • AU PMB PHOTO 106
  • Collection
  • 1980s-1990s

Kal Muller, documentary film maker, photographer, writer, tribal art dealer and world traveller, was born in Budapest, Hungary and later on moved to the U.S.A., where he studied his doctorate on French literature at the University of Arizona. For the past 37 years, Dr. Muller has spent most of his time traveling and living in Indonesia, writing about and photographing this endless archipelago, specializing in Papua for the past decade.

This collection of slides is composed of photographs taken in several trips through West Papua or West New Guinea made by the author since late 1980s. From north to south, from the shores of the surrounding smaller islands, like Numfor and Biak, to the glaciers at the highlands of Puncak Jaya, Kal Muller has photographed people, activities, performances, art and landscape from this vast region of Melanesia. This collection portrays Dani, Lani, Asmat, Moni, Wano, Biak, Korowai, Kamoro people and lives.

Muller, Kal

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