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Sorong, Capital of the subdivision of the same name.
Source: Handbook on Netherlands New Guinea, 1958
Sorong includes two areas, "Sorong-Doom" and "Sorong Vaste Wal" (Sorong-ashore), also known as "Sorong
Sorong-Doom is situated on the island of Doom, approximately one nautical mile off the coast. It used
to be the administrative center of the division of West Netherlands New-Guinea and of the subdivisions of
Sorong and Raja Ampat. Recently the Sorong subdivisional center has been moved to Sorong-Vaste Wal, for
which purpose the Netherlands New Guinea Petroleum Company had vacated part of the so-called Remoo-land,
some four miles south of the oil center. The Resident Officer for West Netherlands New Guinea transferred
his headquarters to Manokwari in March 1957.
Sorong Oil is a community by itself, where living conditions differ greatly from those in other parts
of New Guinea. The Netherlands New Guinea Petroleum Company, for example, makes available furnished
quarters, engages well-trained servants for its employees, operates well-stocked commissaries, has its own
hospital and medical staff, runs electric power plants and provides for many other facilities.
From Sorong the Royal Packet Company maintains regular shipping services to Hollandia, Merauke and
Singapore. The KLM Royal Dutch Air Lines maintain a bi-weekly service between Biak and Sorong.
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