# 43602

SWEET, Samuel White (1825-1886)

Senior Ngarrindjeri man in animal skin cloak, holding a fighting boomerang and parrying shield. Point McLeay Mission, Lake Alexandrina, Lower Murray, South Australia, 1878.

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Albumen print photograph, 210 x 150 mm; scratched in the negative: ‘Sweet / Adelaide / 451’; mounted on its original album page; an exceptional print, in excellent 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).