A Motu trading ship with its characteristic crab claw shaped sails. Taken in the period 1903-1904.
Trustees of The British Museum
It has often been assumed that Australia was essentially isolated until 1788. But research into the seagoing trade on the south coast of Papua New Guinea suggests otherwise.
JC142 research cruise: reproduced with permission of the British Geological Survey, National Oceanography Centre ©UKRI 2018.
Deep sea mining could supply valuable rare minerals to green technology, but one project in the south-west Pacific is invoking the wrath of local spirits.
A medieval engraving of the persecution of witches: historians are increasingly demonstrating that belief in witchcraft survived in Western Europe well into the 18th, 19th and even 20th centuries.
It is estimated that thousands of people are killed in witchcraft-related violence around the world each year. How can we tackle this problem today?
Ten-year-old Stanton in the ruins of his home following the earthquake that hit Papua New Guinea in February.
Fresh earthquakes and aftershocks hit parts of Papua New Guinea following February's deadly quake. It's Australia's slow push north that's part of PNG's seismic activity.
A magnitude 7.5 earthquake took place on February 25, 81km southwest of Porgera, Papua New Guinea.
US Geological Survey
Why is Papua New Guinea so susceptible to landslides? Steep terrain, earthquakes and aftershocks plus recent seasonal rains have created an environment that is prone to collapse.
Sister Mary Rose, Elizabeth Durack, 1968.
Australian artist Elizabeth Durack became infamous for her use of an Aboriginal nom de plume in 1990s. But in the 1960s, when the country was striving for independence from Australia, she portrayed Papuan women with sensitivity.
First Class Marksman (1978-79).
In the 1940s, the renowned Anglo-Australian artist became an outlaw just like his most famous subject, Ned Kelly.
The universal sign for ‘Look over there!’ isn’t so common in some cultures.
It was long thought that humans everywhere favor pointing with the index finger. But some fieldwork out of Papua New Guinea identified a group of people who prefer to scrunch their noses.
By preventing Australians from visiting a ‘sacred place’ like the Kokoda Track, it is more likely that local landowners grievances will be met.
ABC News/Eric Tlozek
The blockade of the Kokoda Track by local landowners is a product of the complex political and economic issues currently affecting Papua New Guinea.
Rabaul is famous for its twin volcanoes, which erupted simultaneously in 1994.
Unknown photographer Image supplied by David Bridie and Gideon Kakabin
An exhibition at the Melbourne Museum tells the history of colonialism in East New Britain, PNG, from the perspective of the local people. This is history from the ground up, told through film, art and music.
What time looks like in different cultures.
COP 22 President Salaheddine Mezouar from Morocco, right, hands over a gavel to Fiji’s prime minister and president of COP 23 Frank Bainimarama, left, during the opening of the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017.
AP Photo/Martin Meissner
Although climate change threatens the world's small island nations, many can find ways to adapt and preserve their homes and cultures – especially if wealthy countries cut emissions and provide support.
(From L-R) researcher Margaret Embahe, interviewees Angela Arasepa and Alberta Doiko, and researcher Mavis Tongia.
In stories about the Pacific War and the Kokoda Track, women's stories were often overlooked, but they provide an important perspective on a pivotal moment in history.
A new study, recently published in the journal Bird Conservation International, will help inform the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.
A team of researchers led by Edith Cowan University have surveyed the PNG island of New Britain to see how the bird population is faring. There's good news and bad news.
$70 million is tiny sum in the scheme of the federal government’s expenditure to manage asylum seekers who arrive by sea.
The case provided a platform to lay bare the ugly reality of conditions in detention, and the role of the Commonwealth and its contractors in producing and sustaining those conditions over many years.
By committing ourselves to understanding how interventions work on the ground, we have the opportunity to save the millions who die unnecessarily each and every year.
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The Dani people were part of a thriving agricultural society long before Westerners 'discovered' them in the 1930s.
The former workers’ camp for the construction of the LNG project in Komo has been looted and stripped bare.
The country is now compelled to send its army into an area where a major resource extraction project has failed to deliver on its promises to landowners.
Malcolm Turnbull touring one of Australia’s large LNG fields.
AAP Image/News Corp Pool, Ray Strange
The way Australia taxes companies for gas projects now lags behind our closest neighbour, Papua New Guinea, which has reformed its tax system to ensure it gets money sooner.
They might be certain, but they don’t have to be brutal.
Tax systems in post-colonial Africa need to be reformed. For instance, there ought to be rebates for advancing moral good or educating future taxpayers.