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