Collection UQFL185 - Arthur Power Lyons Papers

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Arthur Power Lyons Papers


  • 1884-1977. (Creation)

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13 boxes, 2 parcels.

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Colonial administrator and amateur anthropologist Arthur Power Lyons was born in Bundaberg in 1879. He became Assistant Resident Magistrate in Papua in 1906, and the Resident Magistrate in the Western Division of Papua and Warden of Gold and Mineral Fields in 1909. From 1930 to 1943, Lyons was Director of Public Works for Papua, and a member of the Papuan Executive and Legislative Council. He was also Chairman of the Building and Petroleum Advisory Boards in Papua during this period. He wrote a number of anthropological reports about the people of Western Papua.

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Daphne Winnifred Slade was born in Hamilton, New Zealand in 1886. In 1919, she married Arthur Power Lyons, who was a Magistrate in Papua.

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Captain John Joseph 'Mangrove' Murphy, patrol officer, prisoner of war and amateur linguist, was born in Queensland in 1914. He was educated at Christian Brothers' College, Maryborough, St Joseph's College, Nudgee and the University of Queensland (although he did not take a degree). He moved to New Guinea in ca.1936 and became a patrol officer, compiling a dictionary of Pidgin English which was published in 1942. He joined the Australian New Guinea Administrative Unit and the Allied Intelligence Bureau during the Second World War and was captured in 1943. He was the only Australian among the seven survivors of the Rabaul prisoner of war camp and was tried at court-martial for treason thanks to suspected collaboration with the Japanese: he was honourably acquitted of all charges. Murphy worked as a colonial administrator after the war in the Western and Gulf districts of PNG and returned to Australia in 1969.

Archival history

Contains material formerly catalogued at F1232, F1236, F1406, F1407 and F1588.
Collection previously titled as: Papers, 1884-1977
Collection alternatively titled as: Arthur Power Lyons Collection.

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Photographs, diaries, correspondence, maps, journals, publications, annual reports.

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Unrestricted access.

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  • English

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View selected items from the Arthur Power Lyons Collection via UQ eSpace [link]

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Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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