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Margaret Whitlam Galleries

Frank Hurley: Journeys into Papua an Australian Museum Exhibition

Village constable at Dilava village

Central Province
July 1921

Frank Hurley, courtesy Australian Museum.

Woman of Fane village

Central Province
July 1921

Frank Hurley, courtesy Australian Museum.

Two men taking a rest during the singing contest at Inauaia village

Mekeo area, Central Province
August 1921

Frank Hurley, courtesy Australian Museum.

Motu girl carrying a water pot at Tanobada village

Port Moresby, National Capital District
1921

Frank Hurley, courtesy Australian Museum.

Motu girl of Elevala village

Port Moresby, National Capital District
1921

Frank Hurley, courtesy Australian Museum. 

Woman dressed for a ceremony

Ambasi village, Oro Province
April 1921

Frank Hurley, courtesy Australian Museum.

Masked dancers in front of the men’s longhouse at Tovei village

Urama Island, Gulf Province
June 1921.

Frank Hurley, courtesy Australian Museum.

A young man of Kinomere village

Urama Island, Gulf Province
January 1923

Frank Hurley, courtesy Australian Museum.

Woman wearing shell wealth items

Kaimare village, Gulf Province
October 1922

Frank Hurley, courtesy Australian Museum.

Men gathered around the Eureka at Kaimare village

Gulf Province
October 1922

Frank Hurley, courtesy Australian Museum.

A Gogodala man looking out of the doorway of Totani longhouse

Aramia River, Western Province
December 1922

Frank Hurley, courtesy Australian Museum.

Gogodala man of Uladu village

Aramia River, Western Province
December 1922

Frank Hurley, courtesy Australian Museum

Man from Dukoif longhouse visiting the Eureka on Lake Murray

Western Province
November 1922

Frank Hurley, courtesy Australian Museum.

Man and boy of Aunieri village in Argyle Bay

Milne Bay Province
April 1921

Frank Hurley, courtesy Australian Museum.

Vaieki Igo standing among lotus flowers on Lake Murray

Western Province
November 1922

Frank Hurley, courtesy Australian Museum.

Installation shot of Frank Hurley Exhibition

Installation shot of Frank Hurley Exhibition

Installation shot of Frank Hurley Exhibition

Installation shot of Frank Hurley Exhibition

Installation shot of Frank Hurley Exhibition

Installation shot of Frank Hurley Exhibition

Installation shot of Frank Hurley Exhibition

Installation shot of Frank Hurley Exhibition

Installation shot of Frank Hurley Exhibition

Installation shot of Frank Hurley Exhibition

Installation shot of Frank Hurley Exhibition

Installation shot of Frank Hurley Exhibition

Installation shot of Frank Hurley Exhibition

Installation shot of Frank Hurley Exhibition

Installation shot of Frank Hurley Exhibition

Installation shot of Frank Hurley Exhibition

Installation shot of Frank Hurley Exhibition

Installation shot of Frank Hurley Exhibition

Installation shot of Frank Hurley Exhibition

Installation shot of Frank Hurley Exhibition

Installation shot of Frank Hurley Exhibition

Installation shot of Frank Hurley Exhibition

Installation shot of Frank Hurley Exhibition

Installation shot of Frank Hurley Exhibition

Venue
Historic Female Orphan School Gallery, Building EZ, Parramatta Campus (View Map)
Date
13 Aug - 26 Oct 2012
Open

For an invitation to the exhibition, please see Frank Hurley: Journeys into Papua Invitation (PDF, 347.59 KB)

The Whitlam Institute within the University of Western Sydney is bringing to Western Sydney, the unique exhibition Frank Hurley: Journeys into Papua, a touring exhibition developed by the Australian Museum.

The exhibition, developed by the Australian Museum, includes evocative photographic images of one of the greatest Australian photographers of the 20th century. It features a fascinating selection of Frank Hurley’s images of his expeditions to Papua between 1921 and 1923 – an important historical record of our Pacific neighbour at a time of great political, technological and social change.

Photographer, filmmaker, adventurer, storyteller, opportunist and showman – Frank Hurley was all of these and more. His artistic legacy from a career spanning nearly 60 years – and includes the coverage of the Mawson (1911–1913) and Shackleton (1914–1916) Antarctic expeditions, and the horrors of the First World War – places him among the greatest Australian photographers of the twentieth century. He was not an objective observer; his cameras were tools to produce dramatic stories with popular appeal, even when this meant working in dangerous situations or crossing lines where others saw boundaries. However, his unique perspectives have proved instrumental in documenting turning points in world history.

This exhibition highlights his innovative photos taken on two journeys to Papua in the early 1920s and a selection of objects collected on these trips. The photos reflect both an Australian-controlled Papua – a place where government and missionaries exerted a strong influence in the areas they occupied – and a more traditional Papua. The culture clash between the colonial settlers and the Papuan people is clearly captured in these mesmerising images.

Although less well-known than his other works, these images, together with his diaries, artefacts and film, form a significant archive of Papua’s history. They also reveal an intriguing insight into his character and personality and a fascinating glimpse at an astonishing period in his life.

The expeditions yielded several thousand glass plate negatives and over 800 artefacts (those from the second expedition were made part of the Australian Museum collections). In 1927 Hurley sold about 700 of these images to the Museum. A selection was chosen for this exhibition – some of which had never before been shown in public.

Opening hours
Monday - Friday: 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
(after hours by appointment)

Entry
$5.00 per person