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Lantern slide with text of hymn 'Stand Up! Stand up for Jesus' and a picture of figure with a sword

2009.0023.0141

Lantern slide with text of hymn 'Stand Up! Stand up for Jesus' and a picture of figure with a sword

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Physical description

A lantern slide with a handwritten title 'Stand Up! Stand Up for Jesus' in white along one side and 'BBA / 2' written in the bottom left corner. There is a central rectangular black and white picture of a winged human figure with garments wrapped around arms and waist, holding a drawn sword. The text starts 'From victory unto victory...'. Two white triangles on either side of the picture contain text for the copyright permission from 'MESSRS CASSELL & Co.' and 'MAKERS / NEWTON & Co. / 37 KING ST / COVENT GARDEN LONDON'.

Statement of significance

The Herbert E Read collection of 386 Indigenous and historical objects includes baskets, bags, mats, bark paintings, painted ornaments, clubs, spears, boomerangs and necklaces. These objects were all acquired by Read during his work at the Point McLeay mission (later known as Raukkan) in South Australia and the Warruwi (Warrawi) mission on South Goulburn Island, off the Arnhem Land coast, during the early twentieth century. The collection also includes some of the different types of glass slides which Read used in his missionay activities.

Read (1875-1950) spent most of his adult life working on Aboriginal missions in different parts of Australia. He worked at the Point McLeay Mission from 1906 to 1911, 1914 to 1917, 1919 to 1925 and 1938 to 1945, and from 1925 to 1928 he worked at the Warruwi (Warrawi) Methodist mission. Read was also a keen photographer during these periods. Read's collection is significant as a rare assemblage of the diversity of Indigenous objects being made at the two missions in the early part of the twentieth century, including material made for sale. The significance of the collection is enhanced through it containing objects which are early examples of the coiled basketry technique introduced into Arnhem Land during the 1920s.

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