1930’S SCARCE GLASS LANTERN SLIDE M.I.M. ABORIGINAL BOY/REV H GRIFFITHS/REV T LITHGOW Q20
We have on offer an original C1930’s Glass Lantern Slide taken by someoneworking for the Methodist Inland Mission in the Northern Territory. It shows an Aboriginal boy named Jimmy with two Methodist Ministers who worked in the Northern Territory. On the left is the Rev T G Lithgow and on the rightlis the Rev Harry Griffiths. The Rev T Lithgow did much to promote the work of the Methodist Inland Mission by giving talks and Lantern Lectures to groups around Australia. He would have most likely used the slides being offered for dale. The Rev Harry Griffiths was the Methodist Minister at Alice Springs for a considerable number of years. He wrote quite a deal about his work. He established Griffiths House in Alice Springs where outback children could staywhile furthering their education. Both ministers are noted for their work with the M.I.M. in the Northern Territory.These extremely rare glass positive slides were found in an old shed here in Adelaide & it is believed they were once owned by a pioneer MIM (Methodist Inland Mission) worker who extensively toured Australian outback areas, in both indigenous & non indigenous areas.The slides were used for instructional & educational purposes both for public & MIM staff inservice & venues such as schools, community/charity & fraternal groups, universities & higher learning, public gatherings, churches & religious groups etc. Often they were used by thecinema/movie theatres just before the screening of their major movies ……. in this forum & context the slides were often coloured.The Methodist Inland Mission existed from 1926 to 1977working mainly in South Australia and the Northern Territory. Early images connected to the Mission are really quite scarce. The mission was travelling ministry designed to minister to outback people. The MIM was part of the work of the Christian Missions with outback people and Aborigines. This slide was produced by T W Cameron, Slide Specialist, 430 Bourke St., Melbourne. Given the demise of the Aboriginal population as the white man intruded further and further into remote Australia Aboriginal people suffered loss ofculture, loss ofself-esteem, became fringe dwellers, contracted diseases from the white settlers, were subjected to different forms of abuse and had little access to the benefits of medical treatment, education and social advancement. TheChristian Missions were some of the first to do things to improve the welfare of Aborigines and to acknowledge the suffering of Aboriginal people, which these amazing slides partlydisplay. This chapter of Australia’sindigenous history is defining and significant. A lantern slide is a positive not a negative which means that very good quality prints can be made from them. Theshowing oflantern slidespreceded movies and by the mid 19th century it was a very popular form ofentertainment. People would travel around the country having lantern slide evenings in local halls. The slides covered many subjects. There was considerable interest in slides such as this one that told about different peoples and different countries. Missionary groups used them to tell people about the work of missionaries in faraway lands. The showing wasactually called a Magic Lantern Slide Evening given that the phenomenon was sounusual. The lanternitself was gaspowered to give the light required for projection. It is an image creating technique now long gone.
Width …….. 8.2 cms.
Height …….. 8.2 cms.
Weight …….. 50 grams.