Celebrating the Moyne/Broughton Expeditions of 1934-36
Monday, July 28th, 2014 @ 10:16PM
Recently Project Walkabout held a reception in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association room next to Westminster Hall to celebrate the expeditions to the South Pacific undertaken by Walter Guinness, Lord Moyne and by my great Aunt Vera Delves Broughton.
Walter wrote about them in the book Walkabout and it was illustrated by Vera’s photographs.
Project Walkabout is a charity set up by the grandchildren of Walter and Vera , Diana Moores and Lavinia Verney respectively, with the objective of preserving the film taken at that time by Arthur, Viscount Elvedon, another member of the Guinness family.
This is their website. http://projectwalkaboutdotorg.wordpress.com/lady-broughton/
The reception featured photographs taken by Vera and clips of some of the restored footage courtesy of Susanne Hammacher of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
One of the aims of the reception was to raise funds to restore the remaining footage (another 5 reels on top of the 2 being currently restored).
Professor Nick Stanley of the British Museum who is an expert on aspects of PNG culture spoke as did HE Winnie Kiap the PNG High Commissioner. The evening was rounded off by Richard Graham MP, until recently the PPS to Hugo Swire the Minister for the Commonwealth.
I presented a copy of Walkabout to the High Commissioner signed by all the descendants of Walter and Vera present.