William Cottrell-Dormer (1946-1961) and Agricultural Development in the Territory of Papua New Guinea

Godbold, Kim E. (2006) William Cottrell-Dormer (1946-1961) and Agricultural Development in the Territory of Papua New Guinea. In Social Change in the 21st Century Conference 2006, 27 October 2006, Carseldine, Brisbane.

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William Cottrell-Dormer became the first Director of the newly formed Department of Agriculture Stock and Fisheries (DASF) after World War II. After completing his tertiary studies, Cottrell-Dormer became an agricultural research officer with coconut companies in the British Solomon Islands. During the War, he served as the Director of Agriculture in Tonga, where he was responsible for the introduction of the modern marketing of copra. Cottrell-Dormer arrived in Port Moresby in 1946 where he envisaged and created a Department of Agriculture for the newly amalgamated Territories of Papua and New Guinea.

In line with Australian policies of the time, he attempted not only to keep the people on the land but with the aid of his "grassroots" organisations, attempted to include them in all areas of decision making when implementing changes with in the community. By adopting a community development approach to agricultural change, Cottrell-Dormer created opportunities for Indigenous farmers to participate in a wider, even global trade network. The government’s overall goals were for modernisation, expansion and diversification into export crops, and for new food crops to improve the standards of living and nutrition. Cottrell-Dormer’s vision for an agricultural extension program in Papua New Guinea continues today in the now Independent country.

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ID Code: 6094
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: William Cottrell, Dormer, Papua New Guinea, agriculture
ISBN: 1741071291
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Change (160805)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Kim E. Godbold
Deposited On: 08 Feb 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:37

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