FILM AUSTRALIA COLLECTION

Title Details

Happy Island

The work of the London Missionary Society in Papua New Guinea in caring for indigenous people who have leprosy and tuberculosis.
Year : 1958 | Total Duration : 26 Minutes | Producer : Maslyn Williams Shan Benson
Director : Ann Gurr |
Small boat on sea to island. English female missionary on board. Indigenous people waiting on jetty, amongst them missionary Sister Joan, greets woman on boat. Children playing and swimming on sea. Home made sail boat toys and pieces of driftwood used as surfboards. Woman with baby looking from window of hut. TB clinic run by the Nursing Sisters of the London Missionary Society.
Access No. 122956 | 2 mins 51 secs | 1950s | Gemo Island, Papua New Guinea | © NFSA | B&W |
Harbour. Village. Missionary Sister Joan talking to indigenous man. Mothers with babies and children.
Access No. 123236 | 1 min 17 secs | 1950s | Gemo Island, Papua New Guinea | © NFSA | B&W |
Man standing with spear. Tuberculosis ward. Samoan nurse and non-indigenous doctor examining man and looking at chest X-ray. Indigenous man working as medical assistant, looking through microscope.
Access No. 123237 | 1 min 8 secs | 1950s | Gemo Island, Papua New Guinea | © NFSA | B&W |
Jetty and people. Interior hospital, nurse wearing mask with women in tuberculosis isolation block. Preparing treatment for sores.
Access No. 123238 | 59 secs | 1950s | Gemo Island, Papua New Guinea | © NFSA | B&W |
Two indigenous men playing guitars in tuberculosis ward. Man weaving, some men writing. Samoan nurses in family ward tending child.
Access No. 123239 | 1 min 27 secs | 1950s | Gemo Island, Papua New Guinea | © NFSA | B&W |
Village. Church service. Indigenous women praying. People in hospital wards praying.Sign written in native language. Church, people coming out.
Access No. 123240 | 1 min 52 secs | 1950s | Gemo Island, Papua New Guinea | © NFSA | B&W |
Island. People gathered, indigenous minister. Disabled boy. Children and families. Missionary Sister Jenny looking out of window. Man washing boy in tub of water. Women hanging out washing.
Access No. 123241 | 1 min 47 secs | 1950s | Gemo Island, Papua New Guinea | © NFSA | B&W |
School room. Indigenous teacher. Children and adults.
Access No. 123242 | 1 min 20 secs | 1950s | Gemo Island, Papua New Guinea | © NFSA | B&W |
Small house belonging to isolated leper. Indigenous children dressing as Brownies, non indigenous missionary woman Sister Jenny with them. Dancing in circle and singing. Girl Guides on hike, Scouts also carrying disabled boy.
Access No. 123243 | 2 mins 25 secs | 1950s | Gemo Island, Papua New Guinea | © NFSA | B&W |
Tuberculosis ward in hospital, baby sleeping in hammock. Missionary Sister Joan amongst people. Women in ward sewing.
Access No. 123244 | 50 secs | 1950s | Gemo Island, Papua New Guinea | © NFSA | B&W |
Dance night. Dancing including children, men playing guitars, Samoan nurses doing native dance, clapping, singing, comedy act.
Access No. 123245 | 3 mins 45 secs | 1950s | Gemo Island, Papua New Guinea | © NFSA | B&W |
Missionary sisters gathered around dying patient. Boat carrying dead body back to mainland. Sister Joan talking to camera about life as a missionary, small indigenous child with her.
Access No. 123246 | 3 mins 34 secs | 1950s | Gemo Island, Papua New Guinea | © NFSA | B&W |
Exterior outdoor church service. Children singing. Australian minister baptising baby.
Access No. 123247 | 2 mins 31 secs | 1950s | Gemo Island, Papua New Guinea | © NFSA | B&W |
Missionary Sister Joan and Sister Jenny, Samoan nurses. Island. Village, Children playing in water. People waving as woman leaves on boat.
Access No. 123248 | 1 min 22 secs | 1950s | Gemo Island, Papua New Guinea | © NFSA | B&W |