C1910 SCARCE GLASS LANTERN SLIDE SEMI-TRIBAL ABORIGINAL WOMAN & CHILD SA Q34
We have on offer an original C1910 Glass Lantern Slide showing a semi-tribal Aboriginal woman with her child. The woman comes from the south coast of South Australia. Note the woven basket the woman is holding. This woman is already part of the fringe dwelling culture. This image comes from the Methodist Inland Mission collection but does not show M.I.M. work. It is an earlier image that would have been shown at a Lantern Lecture as perhaps a background image of Aboriginal people with whom the mission was trying to work.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. 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.