Item #CL202-10 [Plantation Owners With Labourers, Cicia, Fiji]. Francis H. Dufty, c1846–1910 Aust.
[Plantation Owners With Labourers, Cicia, Fiji]
[Plantation Owners With Labourers, Cicia, Fiji]
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[Plantation Owners With Labourers, Cicia, Fiji]

c1870s. Pair of albumen paper photographs, carte-de-visite format, annotated in ink on original backing printed with studio details, 5.8 x 9.2cm, 5.9 x 9.8cm. One with light surface soiling.

Annotation reads “Scott & McEvoy’s, Cicia [Fiji].” Studio details read “F.H. Dufty, photographic artist, Levuka, Ovalau, Fiji Islands.” Photograph shows what appears to be copra (dried coconut flesh) with plantation owners Scott and [George] McEvoy with their Fijian labourers.

While information about Scott is scarce or unavailable, it has been documented that George McEvoy was also co-owner of another plantation with a Mr Kelsall on Cicia, and that he “leased land known as Tabuta”, and paid the chief of Fiji, Ma’afu, “over ?600 in rent and ?100 in presents between 1871 and 1880.” McEvoy was also the owner of two schooner yachts, Windward Ho, built by McCulloch and Sinclair, Manning River, NSW, and Dauntless.

English-born Australian photographer Francis Herbert Dufty (c1846–1910) is considered to be “one of Fiji’s most significant early photographers”, capturing everyday life during the 1870s. Ref: Spuray, Ma’afu, Prince of Tonga, Chief of Fiji, (ANU 2015);; Sir John Thurston archive, NGA; Wiki.

Item #CL202-10

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