THE OCEANIC ART SOCIETY INVITES YOU TO ATTEND A LECTURE BY
preceded by a tribute to
Harry Beran from
Wednesday 19 May 2021
National Art School,
Forbes Street, Darlinghurst,
Cell Block Theatre
6:30pm: Registration 7.00pm: Lecture
Members $15 | Non members $20 | Students $10
(Capacity limited to 70 people)
Refreshments will be served.
The canoes of the Milne Bay Province and the Massim communities of Papua New Guinea.
In August 2017 the late Harry Beran made his last trip around the islands off Milne Bay Province PNG, home to his beloved Massim art.
The aim was to document the canoes of the region, the one thing missing from Harry’s decades of research into Massim art and culture.
Accompanying him were colleague John Greenshields along with David Payne from the Australian National Maritime Museum, a specialist in vessel and watercraft documentation.
The documentation provided over twenty large scale plans of primary types of single outrigger and war canoes, and their special features.
David Payne retired in late 2020 as Curator for Historic Vessels at the Australian National Maritime Museum. His work included managing the Australian Register of Historic Vessels, writing Vessel Management and Conservation Plans for the ANMM fleet and National Maritime Collection vessels.
He has documented many historical vessels for the museum and other institutions with plans and drawings for their reconstruction. These projects include the 18-foot skiffs Britannia 1919 and Taipan 1959, yacht Akarana 1888, yacht Kathleen 1939 and the WW11 commando vessel Krait c1936.
John Greenshields is a retired architect who worked for the PNG government for eleven years and accompanied David and Harry on the 2017 expedition.