Seven photographs of corroboree, Palm Island, Queensland, May 1925

Spurgin, Gwendolyn E. M. (1925). Seven photographs of corroboree, Palm Island, Queensland, May 1925.

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Creator Spurgin, Gwendolyn E. M.
Title Seven photographs of corroboree, Palm Island, Queensland, May 1925
Open Access Status Other
Publication date 1925-05
Year available 2016
Series Album, ca. 1927-ca. 1930, F3718
Type image/tiff
Original Format Album page; 7 photographs, sepia; 24 x 32 cm.
Source Album, ca. 1927-ca. 1930, F3718, page 5
Rights Copyright expired
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Album, ca. 1927-ca. 1930, F3718 contains 6 loose leaf double-sided pages of sepia photographs from an album once belonging to Gwendolyn Edith Millicent Risson (née Spurgin). The photographs include university excursions, possibly at Townsville, Palm Island and Tweed Heads. There are also some photographs of current events, including the visit of the Duke and Duchess of York in 1927, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge under construction.

Gwen Spurgin attended the University of Queensland between 1925 and 1932. While a student she played sport and won a Blues Award for hockey. In 1934 she married Sir Robert Joseph Henry Risson, who graduated from the University of Queensland in 1923.3.
Keyword Spurgin, Gwendolyn E. M.
University of Queensland -- History
University of Queensland -- Students
Queensland -- Pictorial works
Aboriginal peoples (Australians)
Aboriginal Australians -- Rites and ceremonies
Palm Island (Qld.)
Geographic co-ordinates

146.694646,-18.676753 146.566910,-18.676753 146.566910,-18.776030 146.694646,-18.776030 146.694646,-18.676753

Advisory Statement Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are warned that this photograph may contain images of Aboriginal and Islander people now deceased.
Additional Notes In May 1925 about 40 students from The University of Queensland spent one week on Palm Island in North Queensland on a biology excursion. They travelled by train to Townsville and then sailed to Palm Island on the Magneta. (Information from Lemlara. (1925). The biology excursion. Galmahra : the magazine of the University of Queensland, 3(2), 48-49). Palm Islanders performed a corroboree for the students. "The most interesting were the Torres Straits boys, with their skits of split banana leaves, their beautifully made swords and canoe-paddles, and their musical Dance of the Swordfish and of the Flying Seagull. (Galmahra, 1925, 3(2), p37).

Handwritten notes accompanying album page:
'Aboriginal dancers'
Photo 5f (bottom left): 'Stylish girls in foreground'.

Page numbers assigned by Fryer Library staff.
Some notes (not digitised) about the photographs have been pasted in by the donor, Gwen's niece.

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