A series of twelve photographs depicting aspects of Indigenous life (and death) in North Australia
[North Australia, Unknown Photographer, circa 1930s?].
Twelve gelatin silver photographs (each one approximately 70 × 115 mm), captioned in the negative (albeit the captions on the two negatives relating to circumcision corroborees have been - for all intents and purposes - removed).
Short split to the top edge of one photograph; light corner-tip creases to two photographs, with fingerprints on the negative of one of them, and a few surface fingermarks near the bottom edge of the other; the balance of the collection is in excellent condition.
The captions are: 'Circumcision Corroboree, N.A.'; 'Leading the Patient to the Circumcision Corroboree, N.A.'; 'Bathurst Id. Natives'; 'Burial Ceremony, N.A.'; 'Burial Corroboree, N.A.' (two different images); 'Burial Corroboree'; 'Burial, N.A.'; 'Natives Mourning, N.A.'; '... Ornaments of [Burial] Corroboree, N.A.' (caption partially illegible); 'Spear Throwing, Darwin'; and 'Branding, N.A.' The last item, although in the same format, with the same style of calligraphic captioning, is the odd one out by virtue of its subject matter, and it also appears to have been printed from a negative from a somewhat earlier period. We have not been able to trace other examples of any of these images using the above captions. [12 items].