Percy and Renata Cochrane lived in Papua New Guinea during the period 1949-66. The Cochranes' public occupations and private interests converged in their efforts to photograph, record and document facets of Papua New Guinea cultural life, the work of the Administration and Catholic Missions. After leaving the country they continued to write and make films at the request of media organisations. The collection comprises sound recordings, black & white photographs, colour slides, manuscripts, correspondence, publications.
Photograph of some of the lay Missionaries at a retreat conducted by Fr Dunstan Jones at Erave. At the time the mission had 23 lay Missionaries. Most were from Palms of Australia. Most of the laywomen were teachers which was needed
Photograph of Sister Noreen in the classroom. There were eleven sisters of St Francis from Oldenburg, Indiana, U.S.A. in the diocese of Mendi. They were in charge of the schools at Mendi, Tari and Kagua, Papua New Guinea
Photograph of activity in the sawmill under the direction of William McQuillan, a lay missionary from Queensland. The mission has four such sawmills to provide timber for the permanent buildings in Papua New Guinea