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Papua New Guinea

1545 Island named Nueva Guinea by Spanish

24 Aug 1828 Western New Guinea claimed for Dutch East Indies

03 Apr 1883 Southeast coast annexed by Australia but disallowed by

British colonial office on 02 July

03 Nov 1884 Germany proclaimes protectorate over German New Guinea

1884 Partioned between Germany, Great Britan and Holland

1886 British colony of New Guinea

01 Sep 1906 British New Guinea to Australia

17 Dec 1920 German New Guinea becomes a League of Nations

mandate under Australia

21 Jan 1942 - Aug 1944 Japanese occupation

10 Apr 1942 Territory of Papua and New Guinea

1944 - 31 Oct 1945 US occupation

08 Dec 1946 - 30 Jun 1971 UN mandate under Australia

01 May 1963 West Papua annexed by Indonesia

01 Jul 1971 Territory of Papua New Guinea

16 Sep 1975 Independent State of Papua New Guinea

Governors-General

16 Sep 1975 - 01 Mar 1977 Sir John Douglas Guise ..................... 1914-1991

01 Mar 1977 - 01 Mar 1983 Sir Tore Lokoloko .......................... 1930-2013

01 Mar 1983 - 01 Mar 1989 Sir Kingsford Dibela ....................... 1932-2002

01 Mar - 31 Dec 1989 Sir Ignatius Kilage ........................ 1941-1989

31 Dec 1989 - 27 Feb 1990 Dennis Charles Young ....................... 1938-

(1st Time, acting)

27 Feb 1990 - 04 Oct 1991 Sir Vincent Serei Eri ...................... 1936-1993

04 Oct - 18 Nov 1991 Dennis Charles Young

(2nd Time, acting)

18 Nov 1991 - 20 Nov 1997 Sir Wiwa Korowi ............................ 1948-

20 Nov 1997 - 20 Nov 2003 Silas Atopare .............................. 1951-

20 Nov 2003 - 28 May 2004 William Jake Skate ......................... 1953-2006

28 May - 29 Jun 2004 Jeffrey Nape ............................... 1964-2016

(1st Time, acting)

29 Jun 2004 - 10 Dec 2010 Paulias Nguna Matane ....................... 1931-

13 Dec - 20 Dec 2010 Jeffery Nape

(2nd Time) acting)

20 Dec 2010 - 18 Feb 2017 Sir Michael Ogio ........................... 1942-

(acting to 25 Feb 2011, susspended

14 - 19 Dec 2011)

14 Dec - 19 Dec 2011 Jeffery Nape

(2nd Time, acting in opposition)

18 Feb 2017 - Theodore Zibang Zurenuoc

(acting)

Prime Ministers

27 Apr 1972 - 11 Mar 1980 Sir Michael Thomas Somare .................. 1936-

(Chief Minister 27 Apr 1972 - 16 Sep 1975

11 Mar 1980 - 02 Apr 1982 Sir Julius Chan (1st Time) ................. 1939-

02 Apr 1982 - 21 Nov 1985 Sir Michael Thomas Somare

(2nd Time)

21 Nov 1985 - 04 Jul 1988 Paias Wingti (1st Time) .................... 1951-

04 Jul 1988 - 17 Jul 1992 Rabbie Namaliu ............................. 1947-

17 Jul 1992 - 30 Aug 1994 Paias Wingti (2nd Time)

30 Aug 1994 - 27 Mar 1997 Sir Julius Chan (2nd Time)

27 Mar - 02 Jun 1997 John Giheno ................................ 1950-

02 Jun - 22 Jul 1997 Sir Julius Chan (3rd Time)

22 Jul 1997 - 14 Jul 1999 William Jack Skate ......................... s.a

14 Jul 1999 - 05 Aug 2002 Sir Mekere Morauta ......................... 1946-

05 Aug 2002 - 02 Aug 2011 Sir Michael Thomas Somare

(3rd Time)

13 Dec 2010 - 02 Aug 2011 Samuel Tei Abal ............................ 1958-

(acting for Somare)

02 Aug 2011 - Peter Charles Paire O'Neil ................. 1965-

14 Dec 2011 - 03 Aug 2012 Sir Michael Thomas Somare

(4th Time, in opposition)