Mr Douglas Rannie

Douglas Rannie (1860 – 1915) born in Scotland, was compelled by the murder of an acquaintance, Queensland government agent William Lockhead of the Janet Stewart (Rannie 1912), to experience for himself the life of a government agent in the Queensland labour trade. His first appointment was on the Heron in 1884 after which followed voyages on the Emily, Flora, Ariel, Eliza Mary, Para, Madeleine, Fearless and May. By 1902 Rannie had worked for 9 years as a government agent on board recruiting vessels and another 9 years as assistant inspector of Pacific Islanders in the Mackay and Bundaberg districts (Rannie; Maryborough Chronicle 1902). He worked briefly as Ethnology Collector and Librarian at the Queensland Museum in 1912 and 1913. Rannie’s manuscripts and other documentation were donated to the UQAM in 1982 by Eileen Rannie, daughter-in-law of Douglas Rannie. Among his manuscripts, articles and correspondence, is a collection of 163 annotated photographs apparently intended for his unfinished publication By Surf Beat Rocks and Coral Strand. It comprises 162 photographs taken by 7 known photographers: J. W. Beattie, F. W. Bernays, Reverend W. Gunn, John W. Lindt, Dr A. W. C. Rothwell [Edwin Rothwell?], F. C. Wills and Dr H. A. Robertson. Over a third of these photos were taken by John Watt Beattie during a 1906 trip to the Solomons and Vanuatu with the Diocese of Melanesia on board the Southern Cross. Of the 61 photos taken by unidentified photographers it is possible the photographer was Rannie himself (Rannie, p. 257). The photos were documented either by the photographer or by Rannie as being taken in various locations in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Australia; others with unrecorded photographers are recorded in the Catalogue as ‘Melanesia unspecified’. References: Rannie, D 1912, My adventures among south sea cannibals: an account of the experiences and adventures of a Government Official among the natives of Oceania, Seeley, Service & Co., London. Rannie, D 1902, Letter published in Maryborough Chronicle article Pacific Islanders’ petition: the consequence of deportation, Friday 20 June 1902.

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