Nauru Diary - Sally McInerney Photography

Shown at Ginkgo Gallery, Glebe, May 2013


Unintended autobiographies can be read between the lines of certain handmade signs and notices. Concerning lost companions, transactions of labour, sex, food and unbroken horses, declarations of love, the memorialisation of self and others, they seem like private letters to the world, posted from shadow-caves on the fringe of public life.

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28. Alamanda Lauti and Viola Detenamo

Alamanda Lauti, Director of USP Nauru, and Viola Detenamo, Librarian, in the USP library. It is airy and cool, stocked with text and reference books (Viola Detenamo said rather wistfully that she would like more story books, such as Alice in Wonderland and classic tales like “Cinderella”: unscholarly things that anyone might like to read). Alamanda Lauti explained that this is library is open to everyone on the island: there used to be a small public library elsewhere on Nauru, but it burnt down many years ago. Thanks to an exchange between Alamanda Lauti and the State Library of NSW, the USP library has recently acquired copies of historic material about Nauru from Australian archives, including photographs and Nauru diaries (1939 to1947) of Thomas Cude.
23 June 2015