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The New Guinea Council (Dutch : Nieuw Guinea Raad) was a unicameral representative body formed in the Dutch colony of Netherlands New Guinea in 1961. The council was inaugurated on 5 April 1961 with 28 council members, 16 of whom had been elected in elections held during January 1961.


The council was requested to make its wishes on self-determination known within a year. [1] During an emergency session the council drafted a national manifesto and symbols including the Morning Star flag for a new national identity to be known as "West Papua". [2]

Council officials

J.H.F. Sollewijn Gelpke was Council Chairman and J. W. Trouw was Clerk of the Council.

Council building

A council building was built in Hollandia from 1960 to 1961 and used until the abolition of the council in 1962. Currently the building houses the regional legislature of Papua, People's Representative Council of Papua  [ id ] (Indonesian : Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Papua or DPR Papua). [3]

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  1. newspaper report. Sydney Morning Herald, 6 April 1961
  2. New Guinea Council statements
  3. Based on building similarities between the New Guinea Council building on 1961 Netherlands New Guinea stamps ( "Nieuw Guinea 67/68 Nieuw-Guinea Raad Postfris". First Quality Stamps. Retrieved 4 February 2021.) and the current old building of DPR Papua.