Eric Robinson Papua New Guinea Photographs

This collection of copy negatives of photographs was mostly taken by Eric Robinson, known as 'Sepik Robbie', an Australian Government official in Papua New Guinea from 1919 to1961.  

The images are mostly from the Sepik River area but also from Madang, Port Moresby and Bulolo, Papua New Guinea. Subjects include first contact in the Upper Sepik, patrol lines, ceremonies, houses, village and town scenes, portraits, river scenes, canoes and European ketches, a crocodile and pigeon hunt, filming, an ANZAC ceremony, mining, trading and plantation activities. Some photographs may have been taken by Robinson's brother, Wilfred Robinson, who visited him in New Guinea in the late fifties.

Eric D. Robinson

Eric Robinson held various Government positions in New Guinea from 1919 until 1961, when he died. Most of his time was spent on the Sepik River, largely in Angoram, East Sepik Province, hence his nickname of 'Sepik Robbie'. His brother Wilfred may have put together the album as he spent some time collating information about his brother.

Copies of patrol reports, an account of the initiation ceremony depicted in this photograph album and other material are held by the Australian Museum.


Vanessa Finney , Manager, Archives and Records
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