Papua New Guinean Culture

Papua New Guineans in Australia

It is believed that the first Papua New Guinean visitors to Australia were most likely sponsored by missionaries or were a part of boat crews arriving prior to 1870. Subsequent Papua New Guinea-born arrivals were labourers, recruited to work in the Queensland sugar industry. While most indentured labourers returned to Papua New Guinea, some stayed and became part of the Papua New Guinean community in Queensland.


In the early 20th century, the restricted Papua New Guinea-born to migrate to Australia. Over the first half of the 20th century, the Papua New Guinea-born population in Australia remained smalled. With the relaxation of the in the 1960s, there was a steady increase of Papua New Guineans.


In recent decades, the Papua New Guinean-born population in Australia has remained small. Few of the recent arrivals are indigenous Papua New Guineans. Rather, many of the Papua New Guinea-born living in Australia are the children of Australians who were working in Papua New Guinea during the years that the country was being administered by Australia.

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