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The Francis Joseph Bayldon Collection: Melanesia, late 19th – early 20th centuries
In 1949 Captain Bayldon (1872-1948) donated a collection of 264 Pacific island artefacts to the Australian Museum. They were from Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the New Hebrides, New Caledonia and Fiji. The collection comprised a range of items including clubs, paddles, shields, spears and dishes.
Captain Bayldon was an English-born master mariner and instructor. From 1887 to 1910 he was employed by Pacific shipping companies and it was presumably during this period that he acquired his collection. In 1910 he opened the Sydney Nautical Academy. Captain Bayldon was a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London and a foundation councillor of the Geographical Society of New South Wales. His extensive collection of sea charts, nautical books, diaries and maps was donated to the Mitchell Library in Sydney.
Indigenous artefacts; Late 19th and early 20th century; Pacific Island Culture
Fiji; Papua New Guinea; New Caledonia; Solomon Islands