Map of New Guinea, 1934.
Territory of New Guinea, administered by the Commonwealth under mandate from the League of Nations, and Papua, a territory of the Commonwealth of Australia, 1934,Australia. Department of the Interior. Property and Survey Branch.1 map : col., mounted on card ; 55 x 84 cm., on sheet 61 x 89 cm, compiled and drawn by Property and Survey Branch, Dept. of the Interior, Canberra, 1933, State Library of Victoria Map Collection.Contributors
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Map of New Guinea, 1934, at the time the territory was administered by the Australian Commonwealth, before the Japanese invasion of 1942. Australians were significant combatants in the New Guinea campaigns of World War 2. Important campaigns include: the Kokoda Track Campaign (1942), Buna-Gona (1942-1943), Wau (1943) and Salamaua-Lae (1943).
Bull Allen’s regiment was the Melbourne-based 2/5th Battalion. The 2/5th had recruits from all around Victoria who were trained in Puckapunyal before departing for the Middle East. The 2/5th landed in New Guinea in late 1942 and it played a significant role in the battles of Wau and Salamaua in 1943.