# 43604

SWEET, Samuel White (1825-1886)

Ngarrindjeri camp, and Ngarrindjeri men posing with weapons. Point McLeay Mission, Lake Alexandrina, Lower Murray, South Australia, 1880.

$2,500.00 AUD

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Two albumen print photographs, in identical format 160 x 210 mm; both laid down on their original board mounts with contemporary captions in German (both generic in nature); both prints, as well as the mounts, are in superb condition.

The Point McLeay Mission (today known as Raukkan) was established by the Rev. George Taplin in 1859 as a reserve for the Ngarrindjeri people. In 1878, shortly before his death, Taplin invited the respected Adelaide and travelling photographer Captain Samuel Sweet to create a photographic record of the mission and its residents. Some of these mages were published in Taplin’s posthumous Folklore, manners and customs of the South Australian Aborigines (1880). Sweet visited the mission for a second time in 1880, at the request of Frederick William Taplin, who had taken over as head of the mission after his father’s death the preceding year.