# 33738

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[NEW GUINEA] Australian District Officers Linehan and Ryan with local “workboys”, Manus Island (former German New Guinea), circa 1916.

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Two sepia tone gelatin silver print photographs on card stock, in identical 88 x 140 mm format, one with a fully contemporary inscription in pencil verso ‘W. O. Linehan, Lt. Ryan & some native workboys at Manus’; both in excellent condition.

In 1916 Australian soldiers Warrant Officer N. C. Linehan and Lieutenant Harold Ryan were serving as judicial officers on Manus Island in the Admiralty Group, off the north coast of New Guinea. With the capitulation of the Germans to Australian forces at the end of 1914, the former colony of German New Guinea – including the Admiraties – had come under Australian administration, and would be known as the Territory of New Guinea up until the union with the Territory of Papua in 1949.

Harold Ryan (1877-1919) was born in Walhalla, Victoria and was educated at Scotch College in Melbourne. He died in New Zealand shortly after the war from malarial fever contracted in New Guinea.