They cover records from:
- the German administration of New Guinea from 1884 to 1914
- the Australian Army administration of German New Guinea from 1914 to 1921
- British New Guinea from 1884 to 1906
- the Territory of Papua from 1906 to 1942.
The majority of these records were microfilmed for use in Australia and originals returned to the National Archives and Public Records Services of Papua New Guinea.
This guide will be invaluable to researchers interested in the administration of this nation before independence.