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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