Capell Collection Solomon Islands Photographs

This album was donated by Rev Dr A Capell. The photographer is unknown, but the images were probably taken around 1900.

Trading Station, Simbo Island, Western Solomon Islands

 © Courtesy of the Australian Museum

Subjects include portraits of Solomon Islands people, ceremonies, village scenes and activities as well as trading stations. Most of these images are identical to the Solomon Islands images in another album held by the Australian Museum (see Beran donation) but the captions are slightly different. Research suggests that the Beran album images were taken from the original negatives as the captions are sometimes more detailed.

Rev Dr. A. Capell

Rev Dr Arthur Capell found this album in the Anthropology Division, University of Sydney when he took up his position there in 1944. Capell was an authority on Oceanic languages and spent his career recording and transcribing Aboriginal and Melanesian languages.


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