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Sarah Chinnery photographic collection of New Guinea, England and Australia [picture] / Sarah Chinnery
Bib ID 3802543
Format PicturePicture, OnlineOnline
Chinnery, Sarah Johnston, 1887-1970
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Description 1900-2002 
1481 negatives : b&w ; 10.9 x 8.9 cm. and smaller. 
329 photographs b&w ; 31.7 x 39 cm. and smaller. 
1 album 30 x 22 cm. + 5 leaves. 

This collection records places, events and people in New Guinea, England and Australia. Photographs in New Guinea depict the aftermath of the 1937 Rabaul eruption, the Chinnery house in Malaguna Road in Rabaul, house staff, travel to the Sepik River, Salamaua, Bilolu goldfields and fishing. The Chinnery's house in Sandringham, Victoria, flower arrangements, social life and scenes of Melbourne and surrounding areas are included in photographs from the 1930's to the 1960's. Other images are portraits of a number of anthropologists including A.P. Elkin, Margaret Mead and W.E. Armstrong and several notable artists including Albert Namatjira and David Boyd.


Born Sarah Neill in Belfast, Ireland, she came to England in 1900. She married anthropologist E.W.P. Chinnery in 1919, and accompanied him to Port Moresby in 1921 and then on to Rabaul from 1924 to 1937. Sarah was a keen photographer who recorded her observations and travels in England, New Guinea and Australia. Following the Rabaul eruption Sarah and the family moved to Melbourne where she remained until her death in 1970.


Titles devised by cataloguer from inscriptions and accompanying acquisitions documentation.

Also available online

Malaguna Road : the Papua and New Guinea diaries of Sarah Chinnery / edited by Kate Fortune. Canberra, ACT. : National Library of Australia, 1998.

Related Material Papers of Sarah Chinnery, 1921-1937; located at ; National Library of Australia Manuscript collection MS 8974. 
Subjects Chinnery family -- Portraits.  |  Chinnery family -- Homes and haunts -- Photographs.  |  Papuans -- Social life and customs -- Photographs.  |  Vulcan Volcano (Papua New Guinea)$x Eruption, 1937 -- Photographs.  |  Papua New Guinea -- Photographs.  |  Rabaul (Papua New Guinea) -- Photographs.  |  Melbourne (Vic.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- Photographs.  |  England -- Photographs.
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PIC/11131/1-329, 1759-1762 LOC Album 1116/1-8 Special Collections Reading Room
PIC/11131/330-340, 342, 344-383, 397, 399-404, 406-407, 409-433, 435-437, 444-450, 1763-1810 LOC Cold Store PIC CHIN Special Collections Reading Room
PIC/11131/341, 343, 384-396, 398, 405, 408, 434, 438-443, 451-1758 LOC Nitrate Store PIC CHIN Albums 11131/9-14 Special Collections Reading Room

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