'Cheque shirts' and 'Plaid Trowsers': Photographing Poonindie Mission, South Australia

Jane Lydon, Sari Braithwaite

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Poonindie mission, the Anglican church's 'Christian village' established in 1850 on the Spencer Gulf in South Australia, represented an idealistic experiment. Its first few years were seemingly crowned with success when eleven young Indigenous residents were baptised by Bishop Short and Archdeacon Hale in February 1853. For their supporters, the gentlemanly demeanour of the converts revealed their essential humanity and capacity, demonstrated by several series of photographic portraits commissioned during the period - newly rediscovered in Australian and British collections in recent years. This relatively large and early archive of related, contemporary, material held in the Hale Papers in the Library of the University of Bristol, the Pitt Rivers Museum at the University of Oxford, at Mill Cottage in Port Lincoln, at Ayers House (National Trust of South Australia) and in South Australian cultural institutions, re-writes the history of photographing Indigenous Australians.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-30
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of the Anthropological Society of South Australia
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013

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