PNGAA Collection

PNGAA Collection

Papua New Guinea history is closely bound with that of Australia.  The PNGAA Collection consists of archival material on PNG – photographs, documents, maps, patrol reports, books – reflecting the lives and work of those who have lived in PNG.

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.


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.

For many years, 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. From a modest collection of photographs and a handful of letters and diaries, the PNGAA Collection is now a fast growing collection and continues to attract local, national and international interest.

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.

The arrangement with the Fryer Library has changed. The PNGAA is now requesting members to send material directly to the PNGAA. 

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

 Don’t throw it out!

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