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1964, 45 Minutes

This black and white film tells the story of the first national election of the House of Assembly of Papua and New Guinea in 1964.

It includes footage of the difficulties faced in compiling the common electoral roll, voting, counting and declaring the polls. The film also shows how the Australian colonial administration fulfilled the task of explaining the principles of universal suffrage to nearly 1,000,000 people. Many citizens lived in remote localities, of whom some who had only come into contact with Australian officialdom for the first time within the previous 10 years.

POSTSCRIPT Papua New Guinea celebrated 40 years of independence from Australia on 16 September, 2015.

© 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Director: Bern Gandy

Year: 1964

Running Time: 45 Minutes

Classification: Exempt from classification

Curriculum Links: Civics and Citizenship; Melanesia and Pacific Studies; Sociology: Colonisation, Decolonisation and Development; Studies of Colonialism and Post-Colonialism; Australian History; Cultural Studies; SOSE.

SKU 000173200
Brand Film Australia

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