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Points of Focus:
Historic photographs from the Pacific

1 August – 20 September 2015   


Curator Talk

Sunday 16 August at 2pm
With exhibition Curator
Rebecca Conway, the University of Sydney, Macleay Museum

Rebecca studied Australian Aboriginal and Pacific archaeology at the University of Sydney. Rebecca has some twenty years experience working with archaeological and ethnographic collections in museums. She has worked with a diversity of cultural materials in a variety of capacities: from Asia, Africa and the Americas, to Australia and the Pacific, from collection management to curatorial.

Historic photographs from the Pacific are the result of complex cross-cultural encounters; their stories are many and varied and unfold as we learn more about them. Drawn exclusively from the Macleay Museum’s collection the images in this exhibition date from the late 1850s and span close to a century in which the camera rendered the vibrant hues of the Pacific in shades of black and white. The exhibition explores how photographs shape our understanding of the past, using the work of colonial government, missionary, scientific and commercial photographers as points of focus to examine aspects of Pacific history.


Curated by Rebecca Conway, the University of Sydney, Macleay Museum.





‘Near the camp, Laloki River’, 1885 Central Province, Papua New Guinea Photo: J W Lindt, lantern slide, transferred from University of Sydney Geology Department Courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney (HP90.28.2314)
Punitive action, crewmen of the HMS Royalist torching canoes, 1891-1892 [possibly] Roviana, Western Province, Solomon Islands Photo: Crew or passenger of HMS Royalist, copy print, donated by B Bowden. Originals held by Fiji National Museum. Courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney (HP87.14.24)
Irobaoa, wealthy elder of Su’uafa, wearing dala head ornament and dolphin tooth necklace. European man is probably a plantation owner or trader], late 19th –early 20th century Malaita, Solomon Islands. Photo: unknown, photographic postcard, donated by Burns Philp Company Courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney (HP84.60.405)



 

        

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