PNGAA Collection

PNGAA Collection

 Don’t throw it out!

If you have items you would like to donate to the PNGAA Collection, or you would like to contribute towards the digitisation of items already in the PNGAA Collection, please contact PNGAA Committee member Cheryl Marvell at or PNGAA Membership Officer Roy Ranney at

Read on for the background to the collection and to view some examples.

Papua New Guinea history is closely bound with that of Australia, and the PNGAA Collection consists of archival material – reflecting the lives and work of those who have lived in PNG.

The collection grew from an idea of Mr Doug Parrish, former President of the association. It evolved over the years through the dedication and expertise of Dr Peter Cahill.

From a modest assortment of photographs and a handful of letters and diaries, the PNGAA Collection is now a fast-growing compilation and continues to attract local, national and international interest.

Among the items in the collection are photographs and writings about the two world wars, which had such a profound and devastating effect on Papua New Guinea, and provide a background to the significant changes in the progress towards independence. Other sections of the collection include patrol reports (some with maps and photographs), oil and gold mining, family photographs and diaries, a definitive collection of material relating to ANGAU and its functions, books and artefacts.

The process of collating, indexing and listing this expanding collection in detail is ongoing, and digitisation of the items will progress as resources allow.

The PNGAA wishes to ensure these are readily available worldwide to our members, researchers or those simply interested in the rich history of Australia’s relations with Papua New Guinea.

PNGAA Collection at the Fryer Library, University of Queensland
Until 2015, the Fryer Library at the University of Queensland collected archival material on PNG on behalf of PNGAA and stored it under an arrangement negotiated by Doug Parrish.

You can review the catalogue records of many items previously donated and still located at the Fryer Library here:

Much of this material may be accessed during Library opening hours. It is best to check the listing to identify the box(es) of interest, and then ask for these at the desk in the Fryer Library to determine if they are available, or preferably call beforehand on (07) 3365 6276.

Some of the items previously donated are accessible in digital format on line:

Type ‘Papua New Guinea Association’ into the keyword search in the catalog.

In 2015 the arrangement with the Fryer Library changed.

PNGAA Collection
The PNGAA is now requesting members to send material directly to the PNGAA.
PNGAA’s goal is to create a collection that can be both digitised and, when appropriate, displayed for future knowledge and generations.

To see details of some of the contributions, click HERE.

Below are some examples of the PNGAA Collection: