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Letters (approximately 130)

  • AU PMB MS 13
  • Collection
  • 2 November 1930 - 15 February 1940

Sir Hubert Murray (1861-1940) was Lieutenant-Governor of Papua from 1908 until his death.

The letters, about 130 in all, are addressed to Sir Hubert Murray's daughter, Mrs Mary Pinney, and to his granddaughter, Miss Maura Pinney. For five of the nine and a half years covered by the correspondence, the Pinneys lived on Norfolk Island, where Mrs Pinney's husband, Captain C.R. Pinney, MC, was Administrator. The letters provide intimate glimpses of the life, thoughts and opinions of a man who presided over the destiny of Papua for 31 years, and contain numerous references to Captain Pinney's career. Several letters from H. Leonard Murray to Mrs Pinney are also included in this collection. H.L. Murray (1887-1963) was Sir Hubert Murray's nephew and Official Secretary of the Papuan Administration during the 1930's. He became Administrator of Papua after Sir Hubert's death in 1908 in Papua New Guinea.

Murray, Hubert

Autobiography

  • AU PMB MS 12
  • Collection
  • 1803 - 1852

Captain Edward Primrose Tregurtha (1803-1880) was born in Cornwall, UK, and died in Launceston, Tasmania. He went to sea at an early age, and made voyages to the Far East and India. In 1831-33, as master of the whaler Caroline, he made an extensive whaling voyage out of Hobart. His itinerary included Sydney, the Bay of Islands, the Kermadecs, Rotuma, Wallis Island, the Gilberts, Solomon Islands, New Ireland, and the Coral Sea. After a visit to England, Tregurtha returned to Tasmania, whence he traded with neighbouring colonies as owner and master of the Henry. He made voyages to Adelaide in 1837 and took early settlers and sheep to Port Phillip. He later opened a business in Launceston as a general merchant and shipping agent.

The autobiography, which, in many places, appears to have been written up from journals kept at sea, gives a full account of Tregurtha's life from his birth in 1803 until the late 1830's. From then until the year 1852, it is brief and sporadic.

Tregurtha, Edward Primrose

Papers relating to Norfolk Island

  • AU PMB MS 11
  • Collection
  • 1932 - 1944

Captain Charles Robert Pinney M.C. (1883-1945) was Administrator and Chief Magistrate of Norfolk Island from July 1, 1932 to December 3, 1937. He died in Sydney on November 18, 1945.

The papers comprise: 1. An address dated July 18, 1932, from the Norfolk Island Executive Council to Captain Pinney welcoming him to their Island on behalf of island residents. 2. A petition dated July 31, 1934, addressed by residents of Norfolk Island to the Governor-General of Australia praying that an Inquiry be instituted into 'the present intolerable conditions prevailing on this island'. 3. Private correspondence between Captain Pinney and Mr J.R. Halligan, Officer in Charge of the Territories Branch of the Prime Minister's Department. The letters cover the period July 6, 1934, to October 21, 1936. 4. Private correspondence between Captain Pinney and Senator Sir George Pearce, Minister in Charge of Territories. The letters cover the period, April 3, 1935, to December 9, 1936. 5. Correspondence between Captain Pinney and Mr Kenneth Binns, Commonwealth Parliamentary Librarian, on the Norfolk Island lingo. The letters are dated December 23, 1937, January 3, 1938 and January 7, 1938. 6. A letter dated May 27, 1938 from Mrs Mildred Campbell to Captain Pinney on the opening of a branch of the Carnegie Library on Norfolk Island. 7. A lecture given in 1944 by Captain Eric Stopp on The Descendants of the Mutineers of the Bounty. Captain Stopp was Official Secretary on Norfolk Island from 1927 to 1941.

Pinney, Charles Robert

Tapu: a tale of adventure in the South Seas (a novel)

  • AU PMB MS 9
  • Collection
  • After 1894

Harry J. Moors (1854-1926) was born in Detroit and died in Apia, Western Samoa. As an agent for the Hawaiian Board of Immigration, he made several voyages to the Gilbert Islands [Kiribati] and Marshall Islands around 1880 to recruit labourers for Hawaii's sugar plantations. In 1883, he settled in Apia, Western Samoa, and became a successful trader and planter. Moors was closely associated with Robert Louis Stevenson during the novelist's five years (1889-1894) in Samoa and in 1910 he published a book of reminiscences entitled 'With Stevenson in Samoa'. Moors stated in that book that Stevenson had once urged him to write down some of the 'wonderful stories' he had related to Stevenson about his early career. Moors acted on this encouragement, and after Stevenson died, he wrote two novels, of which 'Tapu: A Tale of Adventure in the South Seas' is one. Neither of the novels was published. See also the Bureau's newsletter 'Pambu', September 1968:4

The novel is based on Moors' experiences in the Gilbert and Marshall Islands as a labour recruiter for the Hawaiian Board of Immigration. The title page states that it is from the diary of John T. Bradley. Preface by Arthur Mahaffy.

Moors, Harry J.

The Tokanoa: a plain tale of some strange adventures in the Gilberts (a novel)

  • AU PMB MS 10
  • Collection
  • After 1894

Harry J. Moors (1854-1926), was born in Detroit and died in Apia, Western Samoa. As an agent for the Hawaiian Board of Immigration, he made several voyages to the Gilbert Islands and Marshall Islands around 1880 to recruit labourers for Hawaii's sugar plantations. In 1883, he settled in Apia, Western Samoa, and became a successful trader and planter. Moors was closely associated with Robert Louis Stevenson during the novelist's five years (1889-1894) in Samoa, and in 1910 he published a book of reminiscences entitled 'With Stevenson in Samoa'. Moors stated in that book that Stevenson had once urged him to write down some of the wonderful stories he had related to Stevenson about his early career. Moors acted on this encouragement, and after Stevenson died, he wrote two novels, of which 'The Tokanoa: A plain tale of some strange adventures in the Gilberts' is one. Neither of the novels was published. See also the Bureau's newsletter 'Pambu', September 1968:4.

The novel is based on Moors' experiences in the Gilbert Islands [Kiribati] as a labour recruiter for the Hawaiian Board of Immigration. The title page states that it is compiled from the diary of John T. Bradley, labor agent.

Moors, Harry J.

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

  • AU PMB MS 7
  • Collection
  • 1913 - 1935

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 Papua 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.

Grabowsky, Ian

Notes sur les Moeurs et Coutumes des Fujuges, specialement des Tribus d'Alo et Sivu

  • AU PMB MS 6
  • Collection
  • Notes completed in 1937

Father Paul Fastre, M.S.C. (born 1880), was a member of the Roman Catholic Mission in Western Papua, whose headquarters are at Yule Island. His notes were completed in 1937.

Notes on the customs of the Fujuges (English Fuyuges) people of the Mt. Scratchley-Chirima River area of the Central and Northern Districts of Papua New Guinea. Principally:<BR>. Ceremonies, dances and songs, including the major ceremony, Le Gabe.<BR>. Warfare<BR>. Chiefs (Utumi).<BR>. Engagement and marriage.<BR>. Conception and childbirth.<BR>. Naming.<BR>. Nose-piercing.<BR>. Illness.<BR>. Funerals and mourning.<BR>. Treatment of murderers.<BR>. Beliefs and cults.<BR>. Magic.<BR>. Legends.<BR>. Property.<BR>. Fishing, hunting and agriculture.

Fastre, Paul

Papers relating to Nauru

  • AU PMB MS 5
  • Collection
  • 1920 - 1938

Commander Rupert C. Garsia was Administrator of Nauru from 1933 to 1938. He died c.1954. His wife Mrs Dorothea Garsia, died in Canberra on May 16, 1968.

The papers consist of three documents relating mainly to Commander Garsia's period of administration of Nauru. They are:<BR>1. A diary of Mrs Dorothea Garsia for the period May 22, 1934 to November 16, 1938.<BR>2. Notes by Commander Garsia on the history of Nauru from 1788 to 1933 and an account of the Nauru Administration and community health and health facilities around the time of Garsia's arrival in 1933.<BR>3. A brief outline of medical work at Nauru from 1933 to 1938 (with an introduction covering 1920-1932) by Dr T.M. Clouston, Government Medical Officer, Nauru.

Garsia, Rupert Clare

Miscellaneous papers - Letters, church reports, mission history, journal

  • AU PMB MS 4
  • Collection
  • 1900 - 1940

The papers consist of:

  1. A miscellaneous collection of 30 letters written between 1900 and 1936 by and to missionaries at Vunapope, Poporang, Koromira, Buka Passage, Mussou [Mussau], and Shortland.
  2. Reports to the Sacred Congregation of Propaganda, Rome, on the history and progress of the Roman Catholic Church, North Solomons, dated 1921 to 1936.
  3. A history of the Roman Catholic Mission at Buin, Bougainville, 1903-1916, by Father Francois Allotte. It is entitled 'Notice sur Buin'.
  4. A daily journal kept by Father Jean-Baptiste Poncelet from May 24, 1937 to May 22, 1940 at Turiboiru, Buin, Bougainville.
  5. An account by Father Maurice Boch of his arrival and early days in the Solomon Islands, April - June, 1908. Father Boch was stationed at Poporang.
  6. A miscellaneous collection of documents comprising: A history of Koromira mission station, 1907-1923; a list of baptisms at Koromira, 1908-1924; a history of Choiseul, 1768-192?; a history of Choiseul, 1911-1927; a report of the Marist mission to the Committee of Inquiry into Mission Affairs, Keita, 1929; a resume of the Committee of Inquiry's report, n.d.; a history of Timbutz mission station.
  7. Correspondence of Father E.M. Babonneau, S.M., of Wainoni Bay, San Cristobal [Makira], 1915-1920. (Many of the letters have been damaged or partly destroyed).

Roman Catholic Church - North Solomon Islands

Papuan genealogies

  • AU PMB MS 2
  • Collection
  • 1904 - c.1960

Please see contents

The genealogies, in three volumes, are of the Papuan people at the Roman Catholic mission station of St Paul the Apostle at Veipa, Mekeo District, Papua. They were compiled by priests at the station. Introduction and annotations in Latin.

Veipa, Mekeo District, Papua

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