In the South Seas


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1948, 11 Minutes

In the South Seas provides a brief, post World War Two introduction to the lifestyle of the indigenous people of the Trobriand Islands, which lie off the southeast coast of Papua New Guinea. At the time, Papua New Guinea was under the administration of the Australian government, which was involved in providing health care and scientific assistance to the region. This program looks at a survey of living conditions and health testing carried out by Australian researchers.

The survey covers traditional diet, agriculture, fishing and trade (bartering food locally and selling cash crops such as copra and pearls internationally). The result is a unique and valuable archival record of life on the islands.

An Australian National Film Board Production. Produced by the Department of Information.
© National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Director: James Fitzpatrick

Year: 1948

Running Time: 11 Minutes

Classification: Exempt from classification

Curriculum Links: Pacific Studies; Sociology:Colonisation, Decolonisation and Development; Studies of Colonialism and Post-Colonialism, Cultural Studies, SOSE.


Cruise of the Magi, The

Islanders, The

Solomon Islands

Human Face of the Pacific, The

SKU 000034901
Brand Film Australia

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