B & W photograph

Registration number
Item name
B & W photograph 
Indigenous name
Mr J. W. Beattie  
Associated cultural group
Pacific > Solomon Islands > Central Province > Nggela (Florida) Islands
Mr Douglas Rannie 
Acquisition date
September 21, 1982 
Acquisition method
Donated by Mrs Eileen Rannie  
Raw material
photographic emulsion, paper
H: 105 mm W: 145 mm L: D: Circum:


Sepia toned photograph of nine men in a canoe pasted to foolscap paper; annotation handwritten on paper in pen.

Research notes

"Native canoe. Gala (Florida). Solomon Islands. Manned by semi civilised natives. Beattie. Hobart" [Douglas Rannie, manuscript].

Also captioned: "296x A Florida canoe, with crew" [Beattie, J.W. 1909. Catalogue of a Series of Photographs Illustrating the Scenery and Peoples of the Islands in the South and Western Pacific. Hobart: J.W. Beattie].

Photo taken in 1906 by John Watt Beattie during a trip to the Pacific with the Diocese of Melanesia on board the Southern Cross.

This type of canoe was identified by Graham Baines as a binabina [G. Baines pers. comm., 11 June 2012].

From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition ‘Solomon Islands: Re-enchantment and the Colonial Shadow’, a scholarly project curated by Diana Young in collaboration with research consultants Graham Baines, Annie Ross, Clive Moore and David Akin, August 2016 – June 2017.

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