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PARKINSON, Richard (1844-1909)
Forty-four vintage photographs (circa 1887-94) of indigenous life in the Bismarck Archipelago and German New Guinea are offered as a collection
1844. All photographs are archivally mounted and unframed; the size of each image is approximately 150 × 205 mm or the reverse. The condition is uniformly excellent. A separate illustrated catalogue has been prepared and is available on request. Richard Parkinson (1844-1909) is usually considered to have been of German origin, although he was born in the Duchy of Schleswig when it was part of Denmark. Following Germanys establishment of its Pacific Island colonies in the late nineteenth century, Parkinson was officially recognized by the colonial authorities as being German. He arrived in Samoa in 1876, having been employed by the German trading and plantation company Godeffroy as a surveyor and plantation manager. He became involved in the local political and social scenes and in 1879 married sixteen-year-old Phebe Coe, sister of Emma Coe, the American-Samoan who later became famous as Queen Emma of the South Seas. Emma moved to the Duke of York Islands, between New Britain and New Ireland in the Bismarck Archipelago, in 1879 to recruit labour and to trade throughout the islands. Trade supplies were neither reliable nor regular, so she decided to establish her own plantations. Parkinson resigned from Godeffroy around 1880-81 and in late 1882 he accepted Emmas invitation to work for her. She gave him the responsibility of setting up the first of her plantations on the mainland of New Britain. He selected an area at Ralum on the coast of the Gazelle Peninsula, on the south side of Blanche Bay, and set up the first coconut plantation in the New Guinea area. In 1890, Parkin … [Click Below for Full Description]
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