1905-1938, English, Photograph edition: Yasukichi Murakami collection of photographs. Murakami, Yasukichi, 1880-1944, (photographer.)

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Yasukichi Murakami collection of photographs
 
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Physical Description
  • 1 electronic resource (54 photographs) : digital, black and white, TIFF, Jpeg files.
Language
  • English

Edition details

Title
  • Yasukichi Murakami collection of photographs.
Creator
  • Murakami, Yasukichi, 1880-1944, (photographer.)
Other Creators
  • Nishioka, Eki (Y.), (photographer.)
Produced
  • 1905-1938.
Content Types
  • still image
Carrier Types
  • online resource
Physical Description
  • 1 electronic resource (54 photographs) : digital, black and white, TIFF, Jpeg files.
Subjects
Summary
  • The bulk of the photographs were taken by Yasukichi Murakami, however some were taken by Y. Nishioka (Eki), who became his first wife. The collection includes images of the pearling industry; the diving suit Yasukichi Murakami designed; family life; and social events in Broome in the early 1900s. This collection of images captures scenes of the northwest of WA at the turn of last century but has broader, national significance in telling the often overlooked story of Japanese and Australian relations in the lead up to World War II.
Biography
  • Yasukichi Murakami (1880-1944) arrived in Cossack in 1897 aged 16 and found work with Takazo Nishioka, a Japanese storekeeper in Broome. After Nishioka died Murakami married his widow Eki. They expanded the business which also served as Murakami's photography studio and he soon became a well-respected leader of the community. Murakami later went into partnership with pearler A. C. Gregory and helped run the Dampier Hotel. After Eki died, Murakami married (Theresa) Shigeno Murata and they had 9 children. Murakami designed and patented a modern day pearling suit but never received credit for this invention and after the pearling industry declined he moved to Darwin with his family. HIs application for naturalisation was turned down and when Japan entered the war in 1941 the family was interred in Victoria. Murakami died in 1944 but his wife, six sons and three daughters all survived. For many years Murakami's photographs were believed to be lost but they were eventually tracked down thanks to the efforts of Japanese-Australian photographer Mayu Kanamori and Murakami’s great granddaughter. Kanamori created a stage play from this story called “Through a Distant Lens” and at long last Murakami is receiving the credit he was due for his invention and contribution to the business affairs of Broome.
Notes
  • Title devised by cataloguer. Captions provided by donor.
  • Originals comprised 35 prints. These are in private ownership.
Language
  • English
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