Summary

Album contains photos relating to a Lutheran mission at Finschhafen, in the then Mandated Territory of New Guinea. Inscription on adhesive label on cover: '196 (circled) Papua New Guinea. Photographer: J. F. W. Schulz. B/W Prints: 23'. Typed sheet inside front cover of the album states: 'Presented to His Excellency the Administrator General Wisdom On the occasion of his visit to the Lutheran Mission Finschhafen. Signed J.F.W. Schulz, Manager Lutheran Mission F/Hafen'.

Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Schulz was a schoolteacher and printer, born in 1883 in South Australia, to Prussian-born parents. He secured a number of teaching positions from 1901 until 1917, when a wartime closure of all Lutheran schools occurred. After working for several local businesses, Schulz spent eighteen months in 1921-22 as storekeeper at the Lutheran Mission, Finschhafen, in the Mandated Territory of New Guinea. This date of the photographs can be attributed based on the dates he lived at Finschhafen. A town and port at the tip of Huon Peninsula, it was discovered in 1884 by the German researcher Otto Finsch. In 1885 the German colony in New Guinea created a town on the site and named it after the Finsch. It would eventually be established as a large Lutheran mission station before World War II. During 1942-1943 it was a Japanese air base in 1942-43 until it was retaken by Australian forces, and made an Allied military base.

Physical Description

Small album brown with card cover and bound with black string. Containing brown window-mount pages. White adhesive label (top right corner of cover) with handwritten number and inscription. Typed dedication of album on a sheet is adhered to inside front cover.

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