Collection UQFL137 - Ivan F. Champion Papers

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Ivan F. Champion Papers


  • 1925-1983. (Creation)

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7 boxes.

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Ivan Francis Champion served in the territory of New Guinea and later Papua New Guineas as a patrol officer and public servant. He became a Patrol Officer in 1924. From December 1926 to January 1928 he accompanied Assistant Resident Magistrate, Charles Henry Karius, on the North-West Patrol, crossing New Guinea from the Fly to the Sepik. In 1936 Champion was leader of the Bamu-Purai Patrol, and from 1937 to 1940 he was in charge of the exploration of the Southern Highlands. He held a number of posts as Resident Magistrate until 1942, when he was appointed to the Australian Navy. After the Second World War, he held a number of senior administrative posts. He was in charge of rescue work at the Mt Lamington volcano eruption in 1951. He retired from service in 1964.

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Collection previously titled as: Papers, 1925-1983
Collection alternatively titled as: Ivan F. Champion Collection.

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Business correspondence; typescript articles; reports including patrol reports 1925-1940; memorabilia; E.A. James correspondence and papers relating to Pacific Territories Association; correspondence and papers relating to Mt. Lamington eruption 1951; Laurabada logbooks; newspaper clippings; photographs, including a series of photographs by Ivan Champion's brother, Allan.

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Unrestricted access.

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  • English

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Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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