Tag Archives: New Guinea Volunteer Rifles

Guns and ‘Dirty’ Gold: A New Guinea Invasion-Time Mystery.

Prior to the Second World War in the Pacific, the territories of Papua and New Guinea to the north of Australia had been the scene of several gold rushes. One such area that was still being worked at the outbreak of the war was the Wau-Bulolo Valley in the Mandated Territory of New Guinea. It was here, during

Never Returned – Disappearance in the Markham.

On or about the 1st of June, 1942, three Australian soldiers were imprisoned by the Japanese in the town of Lae, in a roughly built cell made of local materials, which was then riddled with machine-gun bullets. They became the first Australian prisoners to be murdered on the mainland of what was then known as the Mandated Territory

The N.G.V.R. and the workings of a 19th Century British Regiment – My Bookshelf Part V.

“The New Guinea Volunteer Rifles NGVR 1939 – 1943, A History” by Ian Downs is vital reading for anyone who wishes to obtain an understanding of the events of the first tentative months of WW2 in the South-West Pacific Area. The NGVR were a small territorial force raised in what was then the Mandated Territory of New Guinea

The First Casualty.

It was five minutes prior to noon on Wednesday the 21st of January 1942, and Kevin Parer, the owner and pilot of an air freighting business, was sitting in the cockpit of his aircraft on the ‘drome just outside the busy coastal township of Salamaua in what was then known as the Mandated Territory of New Guinea. Without