Papua New Guinea Patrol Reports

 

For Papua New Guinea, reports from government patrols represent a major source of primary information on the pre-independence (before 1976) era. Patrol officers and other officials wrote detailed documents reporting on all aspects of the work carried out by the patrols.  Therefore, patrol reports give first hand accounts on many topics, from first contact with remote Highland villages, to census counts, tax collection, health care, administration of justice, plantations, missionaries, anthropological descriptions, tribal warfare, languages, etc.

Extensive microform sets of these reports and accompanying materials, such as correspondence and station (or patrol post) reports, have been acquired by the Melanesian Studies Resource Center and are open for use in the Library by qualified researchers. The collection is housed in and administered through the Mandeville Special Collections Library. Information on hours, photoduplication policy and pricing, etc. may be obtained from the website. 

For other inquiries, please contact:

Mandeville Special Collections Library
UCSD Libraries 0175S
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0175
Phone: (858) 534-2533
Fax: (858) 534-5950
Email: spcoll@ucsd.edu

 
Files of Correspondence, Journals and Patrol Reports from Outstations of British New Guinea and Papua, 1890-1941 (CRS G91) --58 microfilm reels. 839 files, containing over 5,000 documents. Orginals of these documents are held by the Australian Archives in Canberra. Includes only documents from British New Guinea (later named Papua)--roughly the southern half of present-day Papua New Guinea. Modern province names of this area include Central, Gulf, Milne Bay, Northern, Western, and most of Southern Highlands.
Papua and New Guinea Patrol Reports, 1922-1955 (CRS A7034) --7 microfilm reels. 199 patrol reports, of which 105 were written between 1950 and 1955.   Originals held by the Australian Archives in Canberra.  Remainder are dated from 1922 to 1942. All modern-day provinces of PNG, except Manus and New Ireland, are represented in this set with at least one report.
Most of the following patrol reports, on microfiche, were written after World War II.  The microfiche were prepared by the National Archives of Papua New Guinea, which holds the original reports.  Please note that UCSD does not have stocks of these microfiche available for sale,  nor are we able to provide extensive photocopies.  Microfiche may be purchased directly from the National Archives of Papua New Guinea (P.O. Box 1089, Boroko, Papua New Guinea).

Provincial boundaries in Papua New Guinea have changed from time to time.  If you are trying to identify all of the possible reports on a given area, it would be wise to check the records for neighboring provinces and subprovinces, using your browser's "Find in page" function to look for particular placenames.

 
Microfiche
Files
Reports
Dates (inclusive)
Central Province
650
280
2767
1934 to 1975
East New Britain Province
86
 
297
1946 to 1974.
East Sepik Province
348
180
969
1933, and 1945 to 1974
Eastern Highlands Province
402
109
1464
1944 to 1973
Enga Province (filmed with reports for Western Highlands)  
152
934
 
Gulf Province
412
163
1737
1912 to 1974
Madang Province
300
139
1250
1936 to 1974
Manus Province
74
33
260
1943 to 1974
Milne Bay Province
342
204
1380
1923 to 1974
Morobe Province
451
293
1587
1933 to 1974
New Ireland Province
220
80
741
1945 to1974
North Solomons (Bougainville) Province
210
142
778
1943 to 1974
Northern (Oro) Province
277
160
1120
1943 to 1974
Simbu(Chimbu) Province
200
87
730
1940 to 1974
Southern Highlands Province
409
207
1926
1949 to 1974
West New Britain Province
199
92
738
1939 to 1974
West Sepik (Sandaun) Province
301
174
1060
1934 to 1974
Western Highlands Province (filmed with reports for Enga)  
152
934
 
Western Province  
209
1566
1903 to 1975