New Hanover Island
New Hanover Island, also called Lavongai, is a large volcanic island
An island or isle is any piece of sub-continental land that is surrounded by water. Very small islands such as emergent land features on atolls can be called islets, cays or keys. An island in a river or lake may be called an eyot , or holm...

 in New Ireland Province, part of the Bismarck Archipelago
Bismarck Archipelago
The Bismarck Archipelago is a group of islands off the northeastern coast of New Guinea in the western Pacific Ocean and is part of the Islands Region of Papua New Guinea.-History:...

 of the New Guinea Islands region of Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea , officially the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, is a country in Oceania, occupying the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and numerous offshore islands...

, at 2.5°S 150.25°E. Measuring some 460 square miles (1,191.4 km²), it had a population of 5,000 in 1960 which increased to approximately 17,160 by 2000.


Friedrich Ratzel
Friedrich Ratzel
Friedrich Ratzel was a German geographer and ethnographer, notable for first using the term Lebensraum in the sense that the National Socialists later would.-Life:...

 in The History of Mankind reported in 1896, when discussing Melanesain ornament, that there were luxurious feather ornament displays in New Hanover, showing much taste in the combination of forms and colours with vegetable fibres and beads on sticks. An example was a delicately-formed face in feather-mosaic forming the head of a hairpin.

See also

  • List of volcanoes in Papua New Guinea

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