University of Wollongong Historical Journal


There are good reasons for making a comparative study of the native administrations of MacGregor, Murray and Hasluck in Papua New Guinea. Each man was responsible for the colony in a crucial stage of its history: the initial period of British control, the consolidation of Australian rule, and the post-war period of general decolonization. Each man ruled for at least a decade, Murray for the remarkable length of thirty-four years, and each man more-or-less centralized policy-making in himself (although the process of joint control by the government of Queensland nnd the Colonial Office restricted MacGregor’s freedom in decisions concerning policy to a large degree).



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