Collection MS 36 - Rabaul - 1942-1945

Rabaul - 1942-1945
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AU PMB MS 36

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Rabaul - 1942-1945

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  • 1942 - 1945 (Creation)

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1 reel; 35mm microfilm

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The author of this manuscript, generally known as Gordon Thomas, was born in Chicago, USA, in 1890 and died in Sydney in 1966. After schooling in England, Germany and Switzerland, he began a newspaper career in Canada. In 1911 he joined the Methodist Mission in New Guinea as a printer, and later worked as a planter, trader and oil driller in that territory. He was editor of the <I>Rabaul Times</I> from 1925-27 and 1933-42. An obituary of Thomas was published in <I>Pacific Islands Monthly</I> for August, 1966, pp. 9-10.

When the Japanese invaded Rabaul in January 1942, they captured about 300 European civilians. All but half a dozen of these were removed from Rabaul in the <I>Montevideo Maru</I>, which was sunk with all hands before reaching her destination, Japan. Thomas was one of the few Europeans who was kept back by the Japanese - to work as a rouseabout at the freezer and power station. <I>Rabaul - 1942-45</I> is an account of Thomas' life as a prisoner-of-war.<BR>See also PMB 600

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(1970) Mrs S. Grimes, Northcote Street, Haberfield, New South Wales

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Access this title at PMB Member Libraries or by purchasing it directly from the Bureau: http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/pambu/accessing.php

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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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