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Sarah Johnston CHINNERY

Also known as: née Neill

Born: 30 January 1887

Died: 24 March 1970

Special Achievements:

The “second woman in England to have” a motorbike.
“The first woman to ride a lady’s bicycle in” Rabaul, Papua New Guinea.

Additional Information:

Sarah set herself the task of recording her activities and travels in a daily diary. These diaries of her experiences in Papua New Guinea between 1921-1937 have now been printed under the title Malaguna Road: The Papua and New Guinea Diaries of Sarah Chinn Chinnery (edited by Kate Fortune).

“An amateur photographer known for her unique ethnographic photography of the Indigenous peoples of New Guinea, where she lived between 1921-1937. … Later in Australia the focus of Chinnery's photography shifted to portraits of artists and floral studies.”

Many of her photographs, some accompanying articles, were published in such newspapers as The Courier-Mail (Brisbane), The Herald (Melbourne), the New York Times (New York), The Star (Melbourne), The Sun (Sydney), and The Sunday Mail (Brisbane).

“She considered becoming a professional photographer but instead chose to study dentistry, following in her [three] brothers' footsteps.”

1919-1920 - Studied town planning, Cambridge, England, and joined their camera club.


Resources

  • Image - Sarah Chinnery, Cambridge, England, ca. 1919

    Title: Sarah Chinnery, Cambridge, England, ca. 1919 / Sarah Chinnery. Creator: Chinnery, Sarah Johnston, 1887-1970. Published: 1919 or 1920. Medium: [picture] Physical Description: 1 negative: glass, b&w; 8.1 x 8.2 cm. Series: Sarah Chinnery photographic collection of New Guinea, England and Australia Part of: In collection: Sarah Chinnery photographic collection of New Guinea, England and Australia Notes: Part of the collection: Sarah Chinnery photographic collection of New Guinea, England and Australia. Condition: Bottom portion missing, size unknown, spots and stains on negative, loss of image, black tape on negative, silvering. Sarah, Cambridge room, books on shelf, prominent, round buttons on shoulders. Glass 1/4 plate, broken. See also E.W.P. Chinnery, student, Cambridge room. Stored in top left drawer, small eight drawer chest. -- Accompanying notes from family. Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-144559656 Terms of Use: Out of Copyright Language: English, No linguistic content Identifiers: Libraries Australia ID 43782089 Contributed by: Libraries Australia Received permission National Library of Australia (https://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/4555044).

    Trove: National Library of Australia, Libraries Australia ID 43782089


  • Image - Woman with long dark hair

    An example of her work. Description: Chinnery, Sarah Johnston, 1887-1970 Part of the collection: Sarah Chinnery photographic collection of New Guinea, England and Australia.; Sarah Chinnery no.: Part 1.; Woman long dark hair, hand at neckline, roses on dress. -- Accompanying notes from family.; Also available in an electronic version via the internet at: nla.gov.au/nla.pic-vn4506273. Persistent URL nla.gov.au/nla.pic-vn4506273 Source: Woman with long dark hair, England, ca. 1910 / Sarah Chinnery Author: National Library of Australia from Canberra, Australia This image was originally posted to Flickr by National Library of Australia Commons at https://flickr.com/photos/67193564@N03/15934477262. It was reviewed on 2 October 2015 by FlickreviewR and was confirmed to be licensed under the terms of the No known copyright restrictions.

    Wikimedia Commons: File:Woman with long dark hair, England, ca. 1910 - Sarah Chinnery (15934477262).jpg