New Hanover Island

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This article is about the island of New Hanover in the Bismarck Islands. During the 19th century, New Hanover also designated the North-American coast of British Columbia stretching from the northern end of the Georgia Strait to the Alexander Archipelago of Alaska.
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New Hanover Island is located in Papua New Guinea
New Hanover Island
New Hanover Island (Papua New Guinea)
Geography
Coordinates 2°30′S 150°15′E / 2.5°S 150.25°E / -2.5; 150.25
Archipelago Bismarck Archipelago
Area 1,186 km2 (458 sq mi)
Length 60 km (37 mi)
Width 30 km (19 mi)
Highest elevation 900 m (3,000 ft)
Country
Papua New Guinea
Province New Ireland Province
District Kavieng District
LLG Lavongai Rural LLG
Demographics
Population 17,160 (as of 2000)
Density 15.4 /km2 (39.9 /sq mi)

New Hanover Island, (German: Neuhannover), also called Lavongai, is a large volcanic island in New Ireland Province, part of the Bismarck Archipelago of the New Guinea Islands region of Papua New Guinea, at 2°30′S 150°15′E / 2.5°S 150.25°E / -2.5; 150.25Coordinates: 2°30′S 150°15′E / 2.5°S 150.25°E / -2.5; 150.25. Measuring some 460 square miles (1,200 km2), it had a population of 5,000 in 1960 which increased to approximately 17,160 by 2,000.[1]

Culture[edit]

Friedrich Ratzel in The History of Mankind[2] reported in 1896, when discussing Melanesain ornament, that there were luxurious feather ornament displays in New Hanover, showing much taste in the combination of forms and colours with vegetable fibres and beads on sticks. An example was a delicately formed face in feather-mosaic forming the head of a hairpin.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ PNG National Statistical Office: Census Unit Register, 2000
  2. ^ Ratzel, Friedrich. The History of Mankind. (London: MacMillan, 1896). URL: www.inquirewithin.biz/history/american_pacific/oceania/melanesian-ornament.htm accessed 21 October 2009.

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