Frank Hurley: Journeys into Papua

Frank Hurley: Journeys into Papua was developed by the Australian Museum and included evocative photographic images of one of the greatest Australian photographers of the 20th century. It featured a fascinating selection of Frank Hurley’s images of his expeditions to Papua between 1921 and 1923 – an important historical record of our Pacific neighbour at a time of great political, technological and social change.

Gough Whitlam’s leadership in promoting PNG independence is well documented, so we were grateful that the Australian Museum allowed the Institute to provide some supplementary objects from the Prime Ministerial Collection to display with the exhibition.

 

Two men taking a rest during the singing contest at Inauaia village Mekeo area, Central Province. August 1921. 

Two men taking a rest during the singing contest at Inauaia village Mekeo area, Central Province. August 1921. Frank Hurley, courtesy Australian Museum.

 

 

Frank Hurley: Journeys into Papua was exhibited from 13 August to 26 October 2012 in the Margaret Whitlam Galleries within the Female Orphan School at the Parramatta campus of the University of Western Sydney. 

 

Frank Hurley: Journeys into Papua exhibition was developed and toured by the Australian Museum.

Image at top of page: Vaieki Igo standing among lotus flowers on Lake Murray, Western Province. November 1922. Frank Hurley, courtesy Australian Museum.

 

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