Album of people, places and events on Eyre Peninsula and the west coast of South Australia during the years 1929-1934 Derbyshire, Edward Fairhurst, 1882?-1949, photographer

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Derbyshire, Edward Fairhurst, 1882?-1949, photographer
Churches -- South Australia -- Eyre Peninsula; Buildings -- South Australia -- Eyre Peninsula ; Aboriginal Australians -- South Australia -- West Coast Region
A collection of 329 photographs of people, events and places on the Eyre Peninsula and west coast of South Australia. Places include Port Lincoln, Boston Bay, Kirton Point, Proper Bay, Warner, Myalpa Beach, Tod River, Lake Hamilton, Sleaford Bay, Woolshed Cave, Talia, Streaky Bay, Back Beach, Ceduna, Koonibba, Point Sinclair, Port Le Hunte, Penong, Kooringibbie Well. The album contains photographs documenting the Back to Port Lincoln Carnival celebrations, 7-14 February 1930; photographs taken at Ceduna of the Western Australian Centenary Air Race 1929 (also known as the East- West Air Race); the refuelling stop at Ceduna of the inaugural flight of Air Mail services between Adelaide and Perth 1929 and the 130th Anniversary of the Landing of Matthew Flinders at Boston Bay, 26 February 1932. A number of sailing ships and motor vessels visiting Boston Bay between 1929 and 1933 were photographed, among them SS Melbourne, Olive Bank, Hougomont, Viking, MV Phasianella, Minnipa, King Stephen, Moonta, Rhymney, L'Avenir, Grootekerk and the new aircraft carrier HMAS Albatross which was first commissioned in 1929. The photographs include some interesting images of farming and transportation on the far west coast of South Australia, and show glimpses of the lives of aboriginal people at that time at Poonindie Mission, Koonibba Mission, Fowler's Bay and Ceduna region. The photographs in this collection were taken by E. F. Derbyshire during the years 1929-1933, when he was a commercial traveller for Clarkson Limited of Adelaide, suppliers of builders' tools and hardware. See 'Contents' for more information and details of individual photographs. Edward Derbyshire migrated from England in 1911 and lived first in Victoria where he sang opera under the direction of Sir Bernard Heinze. He came to live in Adelaide in about 1917, where he became a well known and popular bass baritone, singing religious works, including 'The Messiah', for the Adelaide Philharmonic Society, and performing in opera, operettas, and concerts. While working as a commercial traveller for Clarkson Limited in regional South Australia, he would perform recitals in country halls and local churches, by popular demand. Music and mementos of Edward Derbyshire are held by Elizabeth Silsbury and press cuttings related to him are held in the Performing Arts Collection of the Festival Theatre. Edward Derbyshire was also noteworthy as a photographer and is said to have travelled with the noted anthropologist Professor A. P. Elkin and provided photography for his book 'The Aboriginal Australians' (1938). This image may show Aboriginal people who have died, which may cause sadness and distress to their relatives. Care and discretion should be used when viewing the image. If you believe this image should be restricted from general viewing for cultural reasons please contact the Library{7f2019}s enquiry service on 08 8207 7250 or 'The Air Mail plane at Ceduna'. This aeroplane is a Handley Page Heracles (information supplied by a researcher)
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