Collection MS 1005 - Papua New Guinea research materials: comparative colonial administration, chapters

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AU PMB MS 1005


Papua New Guinea research materials: comparative colonial administration, chapters


  • 1870s - 1970s (Creation)

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3 reels; 35mm microfilm

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(19 February 1915 - 31 July 2002)

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Robert Stewart Parker was born on 19 February 1915 in Artarmon, New South Wales. He received his Masters in Economics from the University of Sydney. In 1938 he was appointed Lecturer in Public Administration and Secretary to the Council of the Canberra University College. From 1939 to 1945 he was Lecturer in Public Administration at Victoria University College, Wellington, before returning to Canberra University College as Lecturer in Political Science. From 1949-1954 Parker was Head of the School of Public Administration at Victoria University, New Zealand. Parker began his association with the Australian National University as a Research Fellow in the Social Sciences, Department of Political Science, Research School of Social Sciences from 19 October 1947 to 24 February 1949, then Reader (Public Administration) from 1 March 1954. He was Professor and Head of ANU's Political Science program in the Research School of Social Sciences from 1962 until his retirement in 1978. He was a member of the 1957 Committee of Inquiry into Commonwealth Public Service Recruitment (Boyer Committee), the Interim Council of the Administrative College of Papua New Guinea (1962-69) and the Papua New Guinea Public Services Arbitration Tribunal (1972-73). Parker died on 31 July 2002.

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The 'Chapters' are for a book, tentatively entitled Comparative colonial administration, dealing with Australian and U.S. approaches to colonial administration from the 1870s to 1970s, by R.S. Parker and Norman Mellor. Chapters 1 and 7 had not been completed at the time of filming, March 1989. See PMB 1006 and 1007 for notes and background materials.

Reel 1: Introduction by R.S. Parker, Chapter 2, Chapter 3
Reel 2: Chapter 4, Chapter 5
Reel 3: Chapter 6

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Available for reference - but no part of the contents may be reproduced or used in quotation without the written permission of Professor Parker. Please see his Introduction, Reel 1.

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(1989) R.S. Parker, 54 Munro Street, Curtin, ACT (to be deposited in the National Library of Australia at a later date)

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