Collection MS 1273 - Papers documenting Moorhouse’s career as a patrol officer and land investigation consultant in Papua New Guinea.

PMB MS 1273 Finding Aid

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AU PMB MS 1273


Papers documenting Moorhouse’s career as a patrol officer and land investigation consultant in Papua New Guinea.


  • 1955-1996 (Creation)

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6 reels; 35mm microfilm

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David Bruce Moorhouse first came to Papua New Guinea in 1955 as a young Patrol Officer and rose through the ranks of Australian Field Administrators to Deputy District Commissioner.

  • Feb 1955-Nov 1956, East New Britain District; and Gasmata Subdistrict, West New Britain.
  • Feb 1957-Jan 1958. Supervising Officer to Reimber and Livuan Councils, New Britain; ASOPA studies.
  • Feb 1958-Feb 1959. Patrol Officer, Kandrain, West New Britain. Completed ASOPA studies.
    1. Completed ASOPA long course in Sydney.
  • Feb 1960-Mar 1961. Officer-in-Charge, Nuku Patrol Post, Sepik District.
  • Mar 1961-Jul 1964. Officer-in-Charge, Vanimo, Sepik District. Acting Asst Distict Officer from Jul 1963.
  • Sep-1964-Jun 1966. Asst District Commissioner, Amanab Subdistrict, West Sepik. Promoted to District Officer 1964. Survey and consolidation patrols West Range and August and October River areas. Establishment of three Local Government Councils. Border surveillance patrolling and reporting.
  • Sep 1966-Jan 1969. Seconded as Executive Officer, Territory Intelligence Committee, Headquarters, Port Moresby.
  • Jan-Nov 1969. Higher duties as Executive Officer, Internal Affairs Branch, Headquarters.
  • Nov 1969 +Acting Deputy District Commissioner, Bougainville District.
  • 1986-1987. Lands and Business Development Manager, Porgera Joint Venture.
  • 1989-1991. Consultatnt specialising in PNG land : Projects included: land investigation study Mount Kare (CRA); land investigation study Masurina, Milne Bay Province; land investigation study Tokaluma, Central Province (Newmont); land investigation study Wau (RGC); land advisor to Porgera Gold Dredging Ltd.
  • Mar 1991-Jul 1992. land acquisition/ field liaison officer for the upgrading of the Watabung-Chauve section off the Okuk (Highlands) Highway.

Papers arranged chronologically, as follows: DBM/1-2, TPNG, Dept of Native Affairs, personal files; DBM/3- 13, mainly Kandrian, Gasmata Sub-District, Patrol reports, New Britain, 1955-1958; DBM/14, ASOPA assignments, 1957-60; DBM/15-24, Nuku, Vanimo, Anamab, Sepik District, patrol reports, field officer’s journals, and correspondence, 1961-65; DBM/25-27, professional papers, 1966-1970; DBM/28-29, Royal Visits, 1969 & 1971; DBM/30-53, articles, briefings, submissions and other papers by D.B. Moorhouse, 1969-1975; DBM/54-94, land investigation reports and related papers, 1987-1996;
DBM/95-108, printed material, 1938-1981.
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Pacific Research Archives, ANU Archives Program, Australian National University, Canberra.

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