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Title: New Ireland, old objects : negotiating colonial relations through collections from 1875 to 1885
Author: Barnecutt, Vicky
ISNI:       0000 0003 8816 2241
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2018
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In this thesis I study collections of material culture made in the early colonial period in New Ireland. I look at the collections made by three men who collected in New Ireland at various times and in different ways between 1875 and 1885: the missionary Reverend George Brown, the trader Thomas Farrell, and Hugh Romilly, a British government official. I use these collections, in conjunction with historical records, to examine the nature of change in New Ireland society, focusing particularly on the period 1875-1885. Studying the collections reveals that New Irelanders were keen to experiment and to trade during this period. For the most part, they remained in control of trade, not only of what was being traded in and out, but also of where this trade took place. Ritual art production on New Ireland was rich and varied during these years. Life changed more considerably after 1900, with a sharp decline in population probably causing the most profound changes. There was less variety in artistic output and a number of traditions died out. Ritual life remained strong, however, and New Irelanders continued to produce many ritual art works. In the 1870s and 1880s, many men, and a few women, travelled away from New Ireland to work on plantations. Others engaged with their visitors in different ways, independently exploiting the opportunities supplied by trading stations, mission stations and recruiters. Whilst the colonial encounter in New Ireland disrupted the lives of many New Irelanders, for the most part people successfully embraced change without diminishing what had long been a strong, dynamic and adaptive ritual life.
Supervisor: Gosden, Christopher Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.770558  DOI: Not available
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