Walkabout: The voyage of Lord Moyne to New Guinea 1935-6
Location SOAS Senate House - S208
Date and Start Time 03 Jun, 2018 at 15:30
Sessions 1


  • Nick Stanley (The British Museum) email

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Short abstract

A film by Arthur Viscount Elveden, 1936; Nick Stanley, 2018. UK, 36 minutes.

This amateur travel film was made by Arthur Viscount Elveden during an expedition organised by his uncle Walter Guinness (first Lord Moyne) and his small party of aristocrats as they sought out the most inaccessible place they could find, the island of New Guinea, in the mid-1930s. This was a silent film. The sound track has been recently added to give contextual information derived from contemporary specialist comment as well as Lord Moyne's own book Walkabout. It now serves as both an early visual account of New Guinea and its people and gives us a glimpse into how wealthy and privileged European explorers went about making their study of the people that they met.

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