The Papua New Guinea Association of Australia
sponsors The Crocodile Prize Publishing Program
IN September the Papua New Guinea Association of Australia (PNGAA) is presenting a ground-breaking symposium reviewing the relationship between Australia and Papua New Guinea over the past one hundred years.
The event, entitled From Pacific WW1 battlefield to Pacific powers: A Century of Australia - PNG Relations, will be held on 17 and 18 September at the NSW Parliament House in Sydney.
The symposium dinner on Wednesday 17 September will be held in the grand surrounds of the Strangers Dining Room at Parliament House and the symposium itself will be held on Thursday 18 September in the theatrette of Parliament House.
This year marks the centenary of Australia’s first military engagement of World War I. It took place at Bitapaka on the Gazelle Peninsula when, on 11 September 1914, Australian troops ousted a German garrison defending a strategically important wireless station (pictured above). It was a bloody fight.
The PNGAA symposium will look at the subsequent administration of New Guinea as a Mandated Territory, the years of the Pacific War, Australia’s continuing influence until Independence and the commercial, social and cultural relationships since.
The symposium will also look at the big questions of present and future challenges.
A top line-up of speakers includes former Governor-General Major-General Hon Michael Jeffery AC AO CVO MC and well-known Kokoda expeditioner and NSW politician, Charlie Lynn MLC.