Territory of Papua and New Guinea


Territory of Papua and New Guinea

Infobox Former Country
native_name =
conventional_long_name = Territory of Papua and New Guinea
common_name = Papua and New Guinea
continent = Oceania
region = New Guinea
country = Papua and New Guinea
empire = Australia
status = United Nations Trust Territory
status_text= A United Nations Trust Territory
and an external territory of Australia
year_start = 1949
year_end = 1975
date_start = November 6
date_end = September 16
event1=Self-governing
date_event1=December 1, 1973
event_end = Independence
event_start= Union established
p1 = Territory of New Guinea
flag_p1 = Flag of Australia.svg
p2 = Territory of Papua
flag_p2 = Flag of the Territory of Papua.svg
s1 = Papua New Guinea
flag_s1 = Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg





flag_type =


image_map_caption =
capital = Canberra
legislature=House of Assembly
common_languages = English (official), Austronesian languages, Papuan languages, English creoles
title_leader = King
leader1 = List of British monarchs
title_representative = High Commissioner
representative1 = List of High Commissioners of Papua New Guinea
title_deputy = Prime Minister
deputy1 = List of Prime Ministers of Australia
era = Cold War
currency = Australian Dollar

The Territory of Papua and New Guinea was established by an administrative union between the Australian-administered territories of Papua and New Guinea in 1949.

Following the Surrender of Japan in 1945, civil administration of Papua and New Guinea was restored, and under the Papua New Guinea Provisional Administration Act (1945-46), Papua and New Guinea were combined in an administrative union.

The Papua and New Guinea Act 1949 formally approved the placing of New Guinea under the international trusteeship system and confirmed the administrative union of New Guinea and Papua under the title of The Territory of Papua and New Guinea. The act provided for a Legislative Council (established in 1951), a judicial organization, a public service, and a system of local government. A House of Assembly replaced the Legislative Council in 1963, and the first House of Assembly opened on June 8 1964. In 1972, the name of the territory was changed to Papua New Guinea.

ee also

*History of Papua New Guinea


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