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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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African and Oceanic art +32 (0)478 566 459 kevinconru@yahoo.com www.kevinconru.com Web Publication © Kevin Conru - 2013


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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