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Hedda Hammer Morrison: Travels of a photographer in Old Shandong

Date: 1 September 2014 to 30 September 2014

Location: Jervois Room, Mortlock Wing

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Trees on Tai Mountian

This exhibition features photographs taken by Hedda Hammer Morrison (1908-1991) in Shandong, China, drawn from the Morrison archive at Harvard-Yenching Library, Harvard University. It focuses on Morrison's 1942 trip to Qufu, the home of Confucius; Tai'an; the sacred mountain Taishan; and Ji'nan. Hedda Hammer Morrison studied photography in Germany and in 1933 travelled to China to manage Hartung's Photo Shop in Beiping (Beijing).

She left China in 1946 after her marriage to Alastair Morrison, son of the George Ernest Morrison (1862-1920) the Geelong-born China correspondent for The Times, known as "Morrison of Peking". After sojourns in Hong Kong and Sarawak Hedda and Alastair Morrison settled in Canberra where they spent the final decades of their lives.

The exhibition is curated by Dr. Claire Roberts, Senior Lecturer in Art History at the University of Adelaide, and presented by the Confucius Institute, University of Adelaide and the State Library of South Australia.The photographs have been generously provided by the Harvard-Yenching Library, Harvard University and are reproduced courtesy the copyright holder, the President and Fellows of Harvard College.

Temple screen shot

Hedda Hammer Morrison, Temple building on Tai Mountain, Shandong Province, China 1942.

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