Collection MS 1204 - New Guinea Journal transcript

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AU PMB MS 1204


New Guinea Journal transcript


  • Sep 1943-Apr 1947 (Creation)

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1 reel; 35mm microfilm

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John Cranston McInerney was born in 1916, grew up on the land near Koorawatha and Cowra, NSW, and went to school at St Patrick’s College, Goulburn. He graduated from Sydney University Medical School in 1941, enlisted in the Australian army in September that year, serving as a Medical Officer ranked as Lieutenant in the 2nd 14th Light Field Ambulance in New Guinea and then as Captain in the 2nd 2nd Commando Squadron. He went back to New Guinea after the war, learnt to fly and became District Medical Officer at Wewak. He died after his Auster aircraft crashed into the sea at Vanimo, March 1953.

This journal was mostly written in New Guinea, September 1943 till July 1944, much of it in the Chimbu, Eastern Highlands, Wahgi Valley and Ramu River areas. As well as accounts of Dr McInerney’s military experiences, the journal includes Kuman vocabularies, notes on legends, customs and practices of the Dengla-Maguagu people and an account of stone axe making by Dom people in the Wahgi Valley.
The original is a black-covered A5 notebook with a small area of water damage at the top of each page. This damage must have happened before 1953, as John McInerney has in places re-written over the washed-out area. His handwriting, in both ink and pencil, is very small and difficult to decipher. The microfilm of the original Ms. is in the Mitchell Library, Sydney. The Mitchell Library and National Library of Australia also have a copy of this typescript which is transcribed from much enlarged photocopies of the original Ms. The black notebook is presently in the care of Gavan McInerney and Sally McInerney.

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Sally McInerney, 7 Arcadia Street, Glebe NSW 2037, 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

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