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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Biographical history

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.

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, typescripts, articles relating to Papua New Guinea by Arthur Lyons, John Murphy, Daphne Winnifred Lyons, and others.

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Unrestricted access.

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  • English

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Revised, Linda Justo, 1-Jul-2021. Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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