Collection PHOTO 56 - Two albums of photographs taken during a voyage to and residence in the Solomon Islands from April to October 1886, and additional loose photographs

Cover of photograph album Charles Morris Woodford at Aola Village man Alu Child Village man fishing on coast Woodford in chair outside hut at Aola Child Village man Aola Village man smoking a pipe, with large shield Aola, note one of Woodford's hunters Woodford and villagers Aola
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Two albums of photographs taken during a voyage to and residence in the Solomon Islands from April to October 1886, and additional loose photographs

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  • 1852-1927 (Creation)

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240 photographs

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(1852-1927)

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Charles Morris Woodford was born in 1852 and educated at Tonbridge School in England. He settled in Suva about 1882 and from Fiji visited Kiribati (the Gilbert Islands group), as Government agent on the ketch Patience. In 1886, as a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society he made the first of three successive explorations of the Solomon Islands, especially Guadalcanal, where he was the first white man to penetrate the interior to any distance, collecting natural history specimens for the British Museum. His experiences are described in his book A Naturalist Among Headhunters (1890). In 1895 Woodford became Acting Consul and Deputy Commissioner at Samoa, and in the following year, a part of the Solomon Group having been made a British Protectorate, he was appointed the first Resident Commissioner, a post which he retained until his retirement in 1914. His later years were spent in Sussex.
Woodford contributed an account of his visit to the Gilbert Islands to The Geographical Journal in 1895, and a note on Ontong Java in 1909. In 1916 he read a paper to the Royal Geographical Society on Polynesian settlements in the Solomon Islands, published in the Journal in 1926. Woodford helped elucidate the narratives of Mandaña’s discovery of the Solomon Islands by identifying places visited by the Spaniards and taking photographs for inclusion in the Hakluyt Society publications. He also published papers in the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, of which he was a Fellow.
From The Geographical Journal, 1928, pp.206-207.

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This collection includes two albums of photographs taken during a voyage to and residence in the Solomon Islands from April to October 1886, as well as additional loose photographs.
The collection includes images from the villages Aola and Fauro in the Solomon Islands. Images include village life, canoes, native animals, customs and the natural environment as well as Woodford’s life and Government residence in Tulagi, Solomon Islands.
Additional photographs from Rabaul, Madang, New Britain and New Ireland in New Guinea.

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Pacific Research Archives, Australian National University Archives Program.

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See also: PMB 1021, PMB 1290, PMB 1381

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