In 1936 the Presbyterian Church of Queensland commissioned Norman F Nelson to visit four Aboriginal mission stations administered by the Church in North Queensland (Mornington Island, Aurukun, Weipa and Mapoon) in order to make an inspection and evaluation of work and properties. He also visited Thursday Island. He was accompanied by J T Robinson. An exhibition organised by Norman F Nelson of the photographs taken on the trip was held at City Hall, Brisbane in 1937. This collection is comprised of two photograph albums. There are 1029 photographs (black and white, 6 x 6 cm) split over two parts (or albums). The original album with its captioning was retained (in Box 1); the photograph captions were transposed exactly into the new albums, and these captions are used as the titles for each photographs. Throughout the albums are typescript reports of trips to mission stations, original sketch plans of each mission drawn by J T Robinson and Norman F Nelson, which are found in Series B. Norman Francis Nelson was the main person to photograph the people and mission facilities.
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Nelson, N. F. (Norman Francis)