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Lantern Slide - Khama, Life & Work of Dr David Livingstone, circa 1900 Image Reg. No: MM 31963 8

Lantern Slide depicting a head and shoulders portrait of Khama. 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.

This slide probably depicts Khama III (also known as Khama the Great) who was the eldest son of Segkoma I, chief of the Bamangwato (also known as the Ngwato) one of the eight 'principal' Tswana tribes of Bechuanaland (in modern Botswana) when Livingstone explored the area in the early 1840s. Livingstone is said to have converted Khama and some of his brothers to Christianity. Khama later became chief of the Ngwato and altered and adapted many customs to align with his Christian beliefs; he also campaigned strongly for the creation of the British Protectorate of Bechuanaland. Khama's grandson Seretse Khama became the first President of independent Botswana.
Standard format colour Lantern Slide edged with black tape with number in top left corner.
Description Of Content:
Image is a portrait of a dark skinned man wearing a yellow shirt.
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: 8
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: Botswana, circa 1843


Jacob Knight Posted on 02 May 2014 4:27 AM
It almost certainly does depict Khama III since it is the same pose as a photograph of Khama taken by William James Willoughby in around 1895 (photos now in the Botswana National Archive)

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