Collection PHOTO 2 - Photographs from Samarai, Kwato, Abau Island, Port Moresby and elsewhere in Papua

"Native House. Tide flows underneath." "Samarai. Population 120. Area 59 acres. Path round Samarai, some of the 600 tourists off th... "Kwato Island girls making mats." "Canoes getting ready for racing at Kwato. Printed by Harringtons. 252." "Canoe racing at Samarai, [ship] in background. Printed by Harringtons." "17.  Sports Day. Crowd in front of store. Shows McGregor and a bit of Jansen. A little bit ... "A wedding at Kwato. The bride is Mrs Austin." "Cricket ground at Kwato." "H.D. [Henry Dexter], Laki (Cookboy) & dog at entrance to temporary humpy occupied while... "Solomon-Papuan halfcastes interested in the first "Decca" Gramophone."
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Photographs from Samarai, Kwato, Abau Island, Port Moresby and elsewhere in Papua


  • c.1910-1915 (Creation)

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34 photographs

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Dexter arrived in Papua in 1910. Except for a break in Malaya in 1918-1924, he worked as a plantation manager, assistant resident magistrate, captain of coastal vessels and trader at Milne Bay until returning permanently to England in 1937.

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List amended 4 Sep 2006 with additional information supplied by Anna and Andrew Margetts.

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Transferred to the PMB by Stuart Inder, September 2004.

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Photographs of Samarai, Kwato, Abau Island, Port Moresby and elsewhere in Papua New Guinea, documenting Henry Dexter's experiences as a plantation manager.

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Stuart Inder

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PMB MS 624

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