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Title
Men launching canoes, Mailu, Papua New Guinea, ca.1910-1920
Creator
Saville, William James
Date Created and/or Issued
1910/1920
Publication Information
University of Southern California. Libraries
Contributing Institution
University of Southern California Digital Library
Collection
International Mission Photography Archive, ca.1860-ca.1960
Rights Information
Archives, Manuscripts and Rare Books Division, The Library, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom
Council for World Missions
University of London. School of Oriental and African Studies. Library
docenquiry@soas.ac.uk
http://www.soas.ac.uk/library/archives/services/
Description
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".
Type
image
Format
gelatin silver prints, 8.8 x 13.4 cm.
photographs
Identifier
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
Subject
London Missionary Society
Saville, William James Viritahitemauvai, 1873-1948
Transport
Group portraits
Time Period
1910/1920
Place
Mailu
Papua New Guinea
Source
SOAS/CWM/LMS/PNG/PHOTO/10/018/101 [File]
Relation
Council for World Mission/London Missionary Society
International Mission Photography Archive, ca.1860-ca.1960
Photographs of the Archives and Manuscripts Division, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, ca.1860-1950
School of Oriental and African Studies
impa-m971

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