Islands in time
In 1992 the Turnbull Library acquired 700 colour transparencies recording John Colles Burland’s four-month stay on Palmerston Atoll in the Cook Islands in 1960, together with his unpublished manuscript describing this time.
A ‘close-knit community of sturdy character’
The ‘close-knit community of sturdy character’ that Burland found on Palmerston, descended from Englishman William Marsters who, in the mid-19th century, with a number of Cook Islands wives, created the three families of the atoll.
See Palmerston Atoll at a time of transition
The exhibition captures Palmerston at a particular moment: a time of transition between a largely independent existence and one that tied the atoll more closely to the Cook Islands administration, while exposing the population of the atoll to the opportunities of a wider world.