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Hank Nelson

Hank Nelson is one of Australia's foremost historians of the Pacific, particularly Papua New Guinea. His interest in the region began in 1966 when he took a teaching position at the University of Papua New Guinea. He lived in Papua New Guinea for seven years and studied the period of Japanese occupation, which led to several publications.

He worked on several displays and archival material at the Australian War Memorial about the war in Papua New Guinea as well as films and radio documentaries. He is currently Emeritus Professor and Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University's Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies.


  • Papua New Guinea: Black Unity or Black Chaos, Pelican, 1972.
  • Black, White and Gold: Goldmining in Papua New Guinea 1878-1930, Australian National University Press, 1977.
  • Taim Bilong Masta: The Australian Involvement with Papua New Guinea, ABC Books, 1982.
  • Prisoners of War: Australians Under Nippon, ABC Books, 1985.
  • With Its Hat About Its Ears: Recollections of the Bush School, ABC Books, 1989.
  • The War Diaries of Eddie Allan Stanton (ed.), Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1996.
  • Chased by the sun: courageous Australians in Bomber Command in World War II, ABC Books, 2002.


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