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Papers of John Black, 1933-1988 [manuscript]
Bib ID 1179566
Format ManuscriptManuscript, OnlineOnline
Black, J. R. (John Russell), 1908-1988
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Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1933-1988] 
3.21 m. (23 boxes) 

The MS 8346 collection is organised in the following series: 1. Curriculum vitae & autobiographical notes. 2. General administration, 1933-37: includes 10 diaries & other papers relating to Black's career as Cadet Patrol Officer in New Guinea. 3. Hagen-Sepik Patrol, 1937-39: includes correspondence, maps, survey books, photographs & diaries. Diaries contain detailed & illustrated accounts of Black's role in the Hagen-Sepik Patrol. 4. War service - New Guinea, 1940-44: papers relating to Black's service with ANGAU during the war. 5. War service -Boneo, 1945: mostly roneoed notes issued to personnel. 6. Post-war Administration, 1946-47: papers relating to Black's position as Assistant Director Planning & Research in Port Moresby. 7. Post war business, 1948-51: Diaries, letter books, staff work books & other papers, relating to Black's various business interests in Port Moresby. 8. Post New Guinea, 1951-88: Black returned to South Australia in 1951, but he maintained an interest in New Guinea. Includes correspondence, cuttings & other papers (20 boxes).

The Acc11.096 instalment comprises a collection of negatives and photographs taken in Papua New Guinea that were separated from the initial instalment of Black's papers when they were transferred to the National Library in 1992. Some of the photographs appear to be taken by Black during his time as a Patrol Officer with the Hagen-Sepic Patrol, including at Finintegu, and some appear to be taken by others who were also in PNG at this time, including Pat Walsh and Michael Leahy. Packets include notations by researcher Robin Radford. Included are images of shipping, scenes in Rabaul prior to World War II, and German missionaries. There are also postcards written in Japanese that appear to be from the occupation of PNG dating from circa 1942 (3 boxes).


Patrol officer and explorer. John Black was a Cadet Patrol Officer in New Guinea (1933-39); served with ANGAU (1940-45); British Borneo Civil Affairs Unit (1945-46); and was Assistant Director of Planning & Research in New Guinea (1946-48). In 1948 Black resigned to pursue private business. Further biographical information at:


Manuscript reference no.: MS 8346, MS Acc11.096.

Associated materials: Papers and photographs of Pat Walsh, 1938-1939, MS 9219.

Associated materials: Papers of Michael J. Leahy, 1930-1934, MS 384.

Diaries also available on microfilm.

Selected item(s) also available online

Diaries at mfm G 25121-25123 and mfm G 27630-27631.

Related Material Associated materials: maps of the Hagen-Sepik Patrol, 1938-1939 are held by National Library, Map section MAP RM 2955 and MAP G 8141.E27. 
Cited In

Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia ; E725.

Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available online. 
Subjects Black, J. R. (John Russell), 1908-1988 -- Archives.  |  Australia. Army. Australian New Guinea Administrative Unit.  |  Local officials and employees -- Papua New Guinea -- Archives.  |  World War, 1939-1945 -- Papua New Guinea.  |  Papua New Guinea -- Officials and employees -- Archives.  |  New Guinea (Territory) -- Politics and government.
Time Coverage 1933-1988 
Occupation Business professionals.  |  Public servants.  |  Patrol officers.
Terms of Use Copying of John Black's copyright material permitted for research purposes. 

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