Louis Ledoux: Papua New Guinea Collection
Nov 16, 2021
2 Frassetto Way Lincoln Park, NJ 07035, United States

Adventurer, Academic, Industrialist: Louis Pierre Ledoux 1936 New Guinea Expedition

In early 1936, on recommendation by American anthropologist Margaret Mead, Louis Pierre Ledoux, recent Harvard University graduate, headed to the lower eastern Sepik River of Papua New Guinea to study the Murik people.

The results of his self-funded expedition is an extraordinary collection of hundreds of artifacts, photographs, manuscripts, diaries, and letters left untouched for 85 years.

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2 Letters of Introduction Assistance for Ledoux

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2 Letters of Introduction Assistance for Ledoux

2 Letters of introduction to Dr. C. H. Kellaway and Dr. K. D. Fairley, written by Neil Hamilton Fairley on board the Nord Deutscher Lloyd Bremen ship "Stuttgart" in December 1935, asking that Louis Pierre Ledoux be accorded any kind of assistance should he call upon them.

Neil Hamilton Fairley, the author of the letters, was an Australian physician, medical scientist, and a Brigadier in the Australian Army. His work between the world wars focused on tropical diseases, and he is well known to have saved thousands of lives from malaria and other diseases. He was knighted in 1950 for his service to tropical medicine. Neil Fairley was joined by his brother Keith D. Fairley at Walter and Eliza Hall Research Institute, in Melbourne, Australia, which in the 1920s and 1930s was directed by Charles H. Kellaway.

Date: 1930's
Material: Paperwork

Provenance: Louis Pierre Ledoux Collection