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Men launching decorated canoes from huts on beach, Mailu, Eastern Papua. Will Saville served the London Missionary Society in the Mailu district of Papua for thirty-five years following his appointment in 1900. In 1903 he married Frances Lawes, also the child of an LMS missionary, Rev Francis Edwin Lawes, and the niece of the pioneer missionary photographer, William George Lawes. Saville's knowledge of the Mailu area, its society and language was significant in increasing anthropological knowledge in this field. He published a grammar and dictionary, as well as translating the New Testament and producing a number of religious books in the Mailu language, as well as an anthropological study, "In Unknown New Guinea" in 1926. "In Unknown New Guinea" featured over sixty photographs and represent examples of Saville's photographs taken and presented as anthropological evidence. Missionaries regarded many of the customs they encountered as being totally incompatible with the pursuit of a Christian life. The study of these customs was therefore significant in the missionary's work, to understand and convert the indigenous populations amongst whom they lived. In addition to these studies of customs and traditions, Saville also took many photographs of children, including some more informal images included in this small album of "Snapshots".
gelatin silver prints, 8.8 x 13.4 cm. photographs
impa-m1026 [Legacy record ID] IMP-SOA-CWM-19-10-018-101 http://doi.org/10.25549/impa-m1026 http://thumbnails.digitallibrary.usc.edu/IMP-SOA-CWM-19-10-018-101.jpg
London Missionary Society Saville, William James Viritahitemauvai, 1873-1948 Transport Group portraits