Toma, Papua New Guinea

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Toma is a town located on the Gazelle Peninsula in East New Britain province, Papua New Guinea. It is located in Vunadidir-Toma Rural LLG. [1]


The Siege of Toma occurred between Australian and German Empire troops between 14–17 September 1914 during World War I.

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  1. United Nations in Papua New Guinea (2018). "Papua New Guinea Village Coordinates Lookup". Humanitarian Data Exchange. 1.31.9.

Coordinates: 4°23′0″S152°10′0″E / 4.38333°S 152.16667°E / -4.38333; 152.16667