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Lantern Slide - Bechuana Congregation, Life & Work of Dr David Livingstone, circa 1900 Image Reg. No: MM 31963 7

Lantern Slide depicting a Bechuana Congregation, probably at Kuruman or Mabotsa. It is part of an incomplete set of 40 slides, two are missing, illustrating highlights from Livingstone's life and travels. These slides were manufactured by the London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company for the The London Missionary Society, circa 1900.

Dr. David Livingstone (1813-1873) spent thirty years in Africa as a missionary and explorer. He was the first European to cross Africa and to find Victoria Falls.

In 1843 Livingstone and Edwards established a mission station at Mabotsa.

Bechuana was a common name used for the Tswana people in the 19th Century. The Tswana are a Bantu-speaking people of Southern Africa. In the 19th Century the land they occupied was divided into two administrative entities by the British. The northern part (modern Botswana) was administered as the Bechuanaland Protectorate and the southern part was administered as the crown colony of British Bechuanaland. British Bechuanaland was incorporated into the Cape Colony in 1895 and now forms part of South Africa.
Standard format colour Lantern Slide edged with black tape with number in top left corner.
Description Of Content:
Image of a man surrounded by a large group of dark skinned people who are sitting on the ground.
Acquisition Information:
Loan & Subsequent Donation from Australian Film Institute (AFI)
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 82 mm (Height), 82 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: exploration, lantern slides, christian endeavour, missionaries, african exploration
Themes this item is part of: Francis Collection, Images & Image Making Collection
Primary Classification: RECREATION & TOURISM
Secondary Classification: Storytelling
Inscriptions: In white circle in top left corner of slide: 7
Format: Lantern Slide: Colour; Standard (3¼ in. x 3¼ in.)
Manufacturer: The London Stereoscopic Company, London, England, Great Britain, circa 1900
Manufactured For: London Missionary Society, London, England, Great Britain, circa 1900
Place & Date Depicted: South Africa, circa 1842

Most likely depicts a service being conducted in the northern part of what was then the Cape Colony (today part of South Africa) or British Bechuanaland.

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