PNGBUZZ: Did You Know?

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Papua New Guinea became self-governing on 1 December 1973 and achieved independence from Australia on 16 September 1975.

Definition of self-governing: A country or an area that is self-governing is controlled by the people living there.

Here are some pictures from this historical moment:


Prime ministers Gough Whitlam and Michael Somare at the Papua New Guinea independence ceremony in September 1975. PIC: NAA

Papua New Guinea’s first prime minister Michael Somare (centre) with former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam (right) in 1975. PIC: (Deed of Gift to Whitlam Institute)

Presentation of the new PNG flag, Independence Hill. PIC: PNGAA

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