Across the curator's desk: Nauru album 1920-1953

Nauru photographs compiled by T H Cude

What is this item? 

It is an album of photographs taken on the Pacific island of Nauru between 1920 and 1953 compiled by  by T.H. Cude.  

Why is it important? 

Contemporary news reports have highlighted Nauru as a migration settlement centre for the Australian Government but the island had a long, and often troubled history through the early twentieth century. This album is one of four rare photograph albums compiled by T. H. Cude, an employee of the British Phosphate Mining Company, which cover this period of the islands history.  The fact that many of these images document the local people and social events makes them especially rare.   

Why is it on your desk? 

To prepare material for 50 year anniversary of Nauru's independence. 

How did it get here?

Thomas Cude (1894-1978) arrived in Australian from England in 1922. He spent time on Nauru, 1939-1942, and 1945-1946 and was head of the Nauru Police Force for 30 years . The State Library of New South Wales purchased these four albums in 1984. 

Geoff Barker, Senior Curator, Research and Discovery

Visit the Library catalogue to view this collection item

State Library Catalogue Reference - PXE 650

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