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Pacific Islands Studies: Research Resources: Patrol Reports

Introduction

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 UC San Diego Library and are open for on-site use by qualified researchers. The collection is housed in and administered through the Mandeville Special Collections.

Patrol Reports: large sets held at UC San Diego

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) (MSS 53).  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.

Papua New Guinea Patrol Reports, 1912-1976. (MSS 215).  Microfiche copies of patrol reports, copied from the original reports held in the Papua New Guinea National Archives.  The bulk of these reports were written after World War 2.

Trobriand Islands (Papua New Guinea.  Losuia District Administration.  Archives [including patrol reports]. (PMB 1165)

Other Patrol Reports held at UC San Diego