With the help of our wonderful volunteers Sue Myatt and Nan Goodsell, we have just posted some new scans of the beautiful images taken by missionary Percy Money in Collingwood Bay, PNG in the early 1900s.
Village scene, Uiaku, Collingwood Bay, PNG
Photographer: Percy J Money © Courtesy of the Australian Museum
We decided, after much discussion, to post the pages of the album with Percy's original ink decorations and captions. Musuem photographer James King re-photographed whole pages (instead of just the photographs as we had previously) to showcase the Albums as artefacts in themselves.
Whilst, obviously, Money's captions are not the ones we might write today, they are a testament to a warm filial relationship (Album 2 was put together by Money as a present for his mother in 1912) and a moment in the long history of missionary life in PNG.