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    Stephansort Madang Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
Location
Lat 5° 26' 40.3 S Long 145° 44' 39.7E  Stephansort is located along the north coast of New Guinea. To the north is Gileb Creek, Bogadjim, Bom, Gori River and Erima and further to the north is Madang. Borders Astrolabe Bay to the east and to the south is the mouth of the Mindjim River (Minjeng River). Today located in Madang Province in Papua New Guinea.

Prewar
Stephansort was founded in August 1888 by Germany as a trading post for the Neu Guinea Kompagnie (NGK). A tobacco plantation was established under their subsidiary Astrolabe Company. Named after the German secretary of the Post Office, Heinrich von Stephan. This location was location deemed to be more favorable than Finscahfen that suffered from malaria.

On December 14, 1888 a post office opened at this location offering delivery of letters or parcles up to 5kg. Between 1891–1892 headquarters of the government commissioner then as the residence of the director-general. Tobbaco grown in the area was one of the main commercial exports of the company.

By 1893, the Germans had imported from Germany narrow gague railway lines (600mm guage) to create tramways on the tobacco plantations known as the Erimahafen-Stephansort Railway. The first line was constructed from Stephansort plantation to the northwest for 4.5km with a bridge spanning the Gori River and another another line was established at Erima.

World War I
On September 24, 1914, the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) arrived at Madang and began administering the north coast and sending officials back to Germany. After World War I, Stephansort was removed from maps and ceased to exist.

World War II
During the Pacific War, the area was occupied by the Japanese. On April 13, 1944, during the Battle of Bogadjim, the Australian Army 57th / 60th The Infantry Battalion defeated the Japanese in the area of Stephansort and Bogadjim then advanced northward along the coast.

References
End of the Line page 11, 37 (footnotes 23, 24), 160, 170 (index Stephansort)

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June 15, 2019

 

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