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Children with model sailing canoes on Mailu Island, Amazon Bay, Central Province, June 1921

Frank Hurley1921

Australian Museum

Australian Museum
Sydney, Australia

Racing model canoes was a popular pastime of Mailu children. Some skilled craftsmen made models of the trading canoes, complete with sails and rigging, and carefully maintained them over many years. These model canoe races were important ways for boys to learn skills that would be essential in later life.

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  • Title: Children with model sailing canoes on Mailu Island, Amazon Bay, Central Province, June 1921
  • Creator: Frank Hurley
  • Date: 1921
  • Location: Papua New Guinea
  • Photographer: Frank Hurley

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