Want to take your research a little further?
Heres a few links that will save you some time.

Official Histories on line.

Australia in the War of 1939–1945. Series 1 – Army - Volume IV
Volume IV – The Japanese Thrust (1st edition, 1957)
Author: Lionel Wigmore
Wigmore – The Japanese Thrust 1957

Chapter 18 (28 pages)

http://www.awm.gov.au/cms_images/histories/20/chapters/18.pdf

Appendix 4 (22 pages)

http://www.awm.gov.au/cms_images/histories/20/chapters/29.pdf

Australia in the War of 1939–1945. Series 4 – Civil - Volume II
Volume II – The Government and the People, 1942–1945 (1st edition, 1970)
Author: Paul Hasluck

http://www.awm.gov.au/histories/second_world_war/volume.asp?levelID=67917

WAR IN THE FAR EAST, DECEMBER 1941 -JANUARY 1942
http://www.awm.gov.au/cms_images/histories/31/chapters/01.pdf

Appendix 2 – Civilian Wartime Experience in the Territories of Papua and New Guinea by AJ Sweeting:

http://www.awm.gov.au/cms_images/histories/31/chapters/13.pdf

Is there a problem with these official histories?
Just one.
Anything classified secret or above during the war went under the 30 year nondisclosure rule post war.
Note the date of publication of the two above.

One other history which, although not directly conected with Rabaul, is worth reading.

The history of the Directorate of Prisoners of War and Internees has been fully transcribed by the Army History Unit

http://www.defence.gov.au/army/ahu/POWs_and_Internees.asp

News Paper Archives

Montevideo Maru story The Age
October 5th 1945

Montevideo Maru story The Age
October 17th 1945

Montevideo Maru story The Age
October 18th 1945

Rabaul Story The Age
September 8th 1945

Rabaul Story The Age
July 17th 1948

Rabaul Story The Age
January 3rd 1953

Rabaul Story The Age
March 11th 1958

Montevideo Maru story The Canberra Times
October 6th 1945

Montevideo Maru story The Canberra Times
November 5th 1945

Montevideo Maru story The Canberra Times
July 4th 1946

Montevideo Maru story The Canberra Times
January 2nd 1946

Rabaul Story Sydney Morning Herald
April 7th 1942

Rabaul Story Sydney Morning Herald
October 8th 1942

Rabaul Story Sydney Morning Herald
January 23 1942

Montevideo Maru Story Sydney Morning Herald
March 9 1946

Story of David Selby author of Hell and High Fever
October 3rd 2002

Montevideo Maru story Sydney Morning Herald
January 27th 2007

Arthur Gullidge story The Western Australian
April 18th 2008

National Archives
you will have to be logged into the national archives
as a guest to view these files.
http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/recordsearch/index.aspx

Australian Troops In Rabaul, Java, Ambon & Timor

Title Aust P/W reported lost on SS Montevideo Maru

Title Defence - General - Information of deaths for persons lost on the MONTEVIDEO MARU [2.5 cm]

Title Internees - Australians abroad. Civilians reported lost on board - SS "Montevideo Maru" [1 cm]

Title Sinking of Japanese Prison Ship "Montevideo Maru" 1/7/42

Title Persons lost on "Montevideo Maru" [6 pp]

Title List of Members of New Guinea Volunteer Rifles on full-time duty reported to
have been on board "Montevideo Maru" when torpedoed on 1/7/1942.

Title Territory of New Guinea - pension payment to dependants of officers and residents of New Guinea
who lost their lives on Japanese vessel MONTEVIDEO MARU

Title Information re Death Forms for persons who were aboard Japanese prison ship "Montevideo Maru"

Title Australian Prisoners of War reported lost on sinking of transport "Montevideo Maru" alleged to have been in Prisoner of War Camp in Japan

Title "Montevideo Maru" Nominal Roll Civilian Internees Lost at Sea as Result of Sinking

Series number MP742/1

Control symbol 255/15/1643

Contents date range 1945 - 1946

Access status Open

Location NAA Melbourne

Barcode 392877

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Title War crimes - Shipping - During movement at sea [includes nominal rolls of prisoners of war
lost on the 'Montevideo Maru'; 2 components; 7.5cm]

Series number MP742/1

Control symbol 336/1/1614

Contents date range 1946 - 1948

Access status Open

Location NAA Melbourne

Barcode 393706

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Title Re Rabaul Garrison internees lost in Montevideo Maru.

Series number MP727/1

Control symbol GP25/334

Contents date range 1945 - 1946

Access status Open

Location NAA Melbourne

Barcode 385060

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Title "Montevideo Maru" Nominal Roll Civilian Internees Lost at Sea as Result of Sinking

Series numberMP742/1

Control symbol 255/15/1643

Contents date range 1945 - 1946

Access status Open

Location NAA Melbourne

Barcode 392877

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Title War crimes - Shipping - During movement at sea [includes nominal rolls of prisoners of war lost
on the 'Montevideo Maru'; 2 components; 7.5cm]

Series number MP742/1

Control symbol 336/1/1614

Contents date range 1946 - 1948

Access status Open

Location NAA Melbourne

Barcode 393706

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Title [Prisoners of War and Internees:] Report on investigations in Manila and Japan regarding Prisoners of War
and civilians, by Maj H S Williams LO 1 Australian PW Contact and Enquiry Unit
(Includes the sinking of MONTEVIDEO MARU)

Series number AWM54

Control symbol 779/1/1

Contents date range 1945 - 1945

Access status Open

Location Australian War Memorial

Barcode 474044

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Title [Prisoners of War and Internees:] Reply concerning the SS MONTEVIDEO MARU and NARUTO MARU
(Also includes some names of persons believed to have been on the Montevideo) (Oct 1945) [original]

Series number AWM54

Control symbol 779/1/5A

Contents date range 1945 - 1945

Access status Open

Location Australian War Memorial

Barcode 474048

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Title [Prisoners of War and Internees:] Reply concerning the SS MONTEVIDEO MARU and NARUTO MARU
(Also includes some names of persons believed to have been on the Montevideo) (Oct 1945) [photocopy]

Series number AWM54

Control symbol 779/1/5B

Contents date range 1945 - 1945

Access status Open

Location Australian War Memorial

Barcode 1172136

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Title [Prisoners of War and Internees:] Reports from 1 Australian PW Contact and Enquiry Unit
[Includes: missing RAN personnel; Fukuoka, Yokakama, Hokkaido, Konan PW Camps;crashed aircraft in Talaud Sangihe
Group; missing Allied PWs, Ambon, Bunka Camp; destruction of records; and MONTEVIDEO MARU] (Sep-Nov 1945)

Series number AWM54

Control symbol 779/1/15

Contents date range 1945 - 1945

Access status Open

Location Australian War Memorial

Barcode 474057

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Title [Prisoners of War and Internees:] American and Japanese accounts of the sinking of
MONTEVIDEO MARU by USS STURGEON while carrying Allied POW's
from Rabaul to Hainan, July 1942. Includes nominal roll of 17 Anti-Tank Battery [original] (1942; 1967; 1973-74)

Series number AWM54

Control symbol 779/1/26A

Contents date range 1942 - 1974

Access status Open

Location Australian War Memorial

Barcode 474069

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Title [Prisoners of War and Internees:] American and Japanese accounts of the sinking of
MONTEVIDEO MARU by USS STURGEON while carrying Allied POW's from
Rabaul to Hainan, July 1942. Includes nominal roll of 17 Anti-Tank Battery [photocopy] (1942; 1967; 1973-74)

Series number AWM54

Control symbol 779/1/26B

Contents date range 1942 - 1974

Access status Open

Location Australian War Memorial

Barcode 1172307

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Title [War Crimes and Trials - General:] MONTEVIDEO MARU - List of passengers believed to have left New Britain o
n above ship, compiled by A Creswick and G Thomas, recovered Prisoners of War

Series number AWM54

Control symbol 1010/1/30

Contents date range 1945 - 1945

Access status Open

Location Australian War Memorial

Barcode 478474

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Title Minutes of meeting of full cabinet held at 2.30pm on Monday, 17th December 1945 at Parliament House, Canberra

Series number A2703

Control symbol 120

Contents date range 17 Dec 1945 - 17 Dec 1945

Access status Open

Location NAA Canberra

Barcode 7500972

View digital copy

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