Around the coral sea

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“Around the Coral Sea” is a journal about the repatriation vessel S.S Moresby’s 1906 journey to the Solomon Islands as written by a special correspondent of the Queenslander newspaper. The newspaper published a series of articles about the trip and they provide a fascinating in depth view of life in the Solomons, looking at both colonial and indigenous peoples. The author illustrated the book with 212 black and white photographs and while some of the images are known, the vast majority have never been published. The journal will be available as an online publication with the texts published in their original format and with all the photographs and their captions. It can be found on www. kevinconru. com and will be released in six monthly installments.


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Str Dawn bringing off “returns”, Port Douglas

Mr. Caulfield waiting for them

Man overnoad. The rescue

Governement House, Port Moresby

New Guiena belle

Elevara scene

The famous Croton avenue, Samarai

Coastal Native huts

Raised houses Elevara

London missionary societies station, Elevara

Service on the S.S. Moresby

Auxiliary vessel Papuan in Quaipan Bay, Woodlark Island Afterwards burnt at Cooktown

Island natives tree-houses . New Guinea

Woodlark Mine, Woodlark Island and Rulamadau

Native miners hut, Woodlark Island

Across tropic seas

Boat in which Jack Mc Couville was murdered

Fisai trading staion, Shortland Islands

Jack Wildberg’s trading station, Poporang

Orlofe, home of the misses Austin

Awa house

Loading copra at Fisai

Group at mission stations

A trader’s house

Warri house at Mallei

Deputy commissioners residence, Gizo

Mr. Edge Partington Deputy Commissioner

In his garden

Trading schooner Simbo

Simbo native talking to Mr. Mehaffey formerly Deputy Commissioner

Native grass work design Front of a feast house

Government house servants

Bagging Pasiopo shell for export, Gizo

Natives making copra, Marovo Lagoon

Frank Wickham’s schooner Clara Jackson

Bow of a headhunting canoe

Rubiana dandy

Rubiana mission station

Paipa, chief of Viru, New Georgia

Entrance to Marovo Lagoon

Leading chiefs of Rubiana and Rev. J.F. foldie

Boys from Choiseul

Rubiana girl

Seta’s Canoe prow figurehead

Bullock team at Loonga

Mr. Weirnheim in the only vehicle in Solomons

Natives watching a pulling boat approach

Planting cocoa nuts at Pepisala

Rubber nursery at Pepisala

Cocoa nuts nursery at Pepisala

Lever Brothers steamer Upola

Cotton at Sagilan

Prison, Gizo

Native currency

Native police at Gizo

Governement house, Gizo

The schooner Jessie off Double Island

Natives fishing on a reef, Choiseul

First-Cape, Choiseul

Girls getting water from a well, Savo

A Savo village scene

Brigantine Helena - Since wrecked in Wide Bay Bar

Recruiting schooner Tom Fisher at Cairns

Schooner May with 176 Kanakas on board. Since wrecked in New Zealand

Schooner Lochiel, since broken up

Panoramic view of Gavutu

Quarters for returned women at Gavutu

Mens quarter

The Lindsay leaving with returns for Fela

Landing a boy at Siota

Canoe passed in Mboli pass

Waiting for returns in Sanofly pass

Women at Olevugu

Chief leeper and his staff

A group at Nogatana

Belle of rogatana

The Leneneniva

The commissioner superintends operations

Preparing to embark for Malaita

Steamer at the wharf, Gavutu

Landing a married couple and children at Ouarrie, Coleridge Bay

Canoe of Sassacanna

Canoe selling fish at Tarwhinmax

Boys landed at Mallu station

War canoe of langa langa enquiring for friends

Two armed bushmen at Mallu

Canoe off to Malaita coast Urassie

Fortified Island at Funavow

Fighting chief Numela / Hereditary chief Malla, Manoba

Landing returns at Rangisela mission station ,Kwoi

Village scene at Manoba

Entrance to Maramasiki Pass

Savages of Sinerango

Maramasiki Pass as seen from seaward

Onepussi mission station

Another view of Onepussi with schooner Dawn as foreground

Native mission school at Lo

Canoe landing at Lo

View in Gavutu

Net fishing in Ariel Harbour

A semi-civilized child at Rubiana

Nurses quarters, Rubiana mission station

A totem, New Georgia

“Returns� meeting friends

Native church at N

The Bridal party

Boys at Rubiana mission

Rev. J.F. & Mrs Goldie & some of their family folowers

New Georgia, a youthful warrior

Rubiana mission station

Rev. Nicholson, first missionary (ordained) on Nella Lavelle

Group of girls at Rubiana

Native school house, Rubiana mission

The Cloister and the world Yam 8 feet long. Grown on Tanna

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