Harry West, OAM, 23 July 1922—12 July 2015

The Papua New Guinea Association of Australia advises that long time President, Harry West, OAM, has died at the age of nearly 93 years. An appreciation of his life is available in the Library, as are the eulogies from his funeral.

40th Anniversary of PNG Independence Art Exhibition

Celebrating Papua New Guinea's 40th Anniversary of Independence with
an art exhibition showcasing both historical pieces and contemporary artworks

Official Opening, Saturday 12 September
Space 145, 145 St Johns Road, Glebe (Sydney)

The PNGAA is calling for artists to explore their creativity. This dynamic exhibition will also feature a diverse collection of historical and cultural pieces to view. For further information about the entry and selection process and requirements, please contact Julianne Ross Allcorn, Mobile 0466 521 313, e-mail or download the entry form and conditions of entry.

Note: At present this is not a competition and there are no prize monies. All work submirtted is at the artist's expense, and PNGAA will not pay any transport costs. Entry fee: $20, PNGAA member; $25, non-member. PNGAA will charge 25% comission on all sales, to support a chosen project.

The Special Relationship
The special relationship between Australia and Papua New Guinea derives from PNG's former status as an Australian Territory until it achieved nationhood in 1975. Many Australians served in PNG as public servants, missionaries, entrepreneurs and in other roles—and many were born there. These close bonds with Papua New Guinea and its people remain to this day.

The Association
The PNGAA is a dynamic association for people with interests in contemporary and historical events in Papua New Guinea, supporting friendly and positive relationships between the people of PNG and Australia, and the preservation of historical material related to Papua New Guinea. Its journal, titled Una Voce, is published quarterly and has progressed from a brief news sheet to a highly-praised journal of over 60 pages. At the same time, the Association's membership has expanded into a global network of almost 1500 members.

The PNGAA was originally established as the Retired Officers' Association (ROAPNG) in 1951 to safeguard the interests and retirement conditions of superannuated former Australian public servants who had worked in the then Territory of Papua and New Guinea. While the safeguarding of these interests remains an objective of the PNGAA, its scope is now much broader. Over the years, the Association's role has progressively changed to include activities such as supporting projects in PNG, working to strengthen the Australia-PNG relationship, and preserving historical materials related to PNG, as well as facilitating communication and interaction between members.

What's new on the site

PNGAA Symposium, 17-18 September 2014, NSW Parliament House, Sydney

The Symposium Dinner's keynote speech by the Hon. Julie Bishop, MP, is here
and there are a number of photos from the Dinner here.

To mark the centenary of Australia's first battle of World War 1, near Rabaul in September 1914, PNGAA has published an exhibit devoted to New Guinea in World War 1 and has developed Teaching Notes for use in schools


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