Pair of candlesticks. Made from two different woods with nautilus shell inlay. Set on a three tiered base with wings on either side of stem.
INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander
LIGHTING Candle candle holder
LIGHTING Candle candlestick
RELIGIONS Christian candle holder
L115 x W90 x H328 mm
L102 x W85 x H325 mm
History and use
This object is from the Helen Barrett collection, which was donated to Queensland Museum in 2014. Miss Helen Barrett worked as a nurse with the Australian Board of Mission in Solomon Islands from 1947 until 1984. Barrett was based at Tasia in Isabel Province, and Maravovo on Guadalcanal before being stationed at the Hospital of the Epiphany at Fauabu, Malaita. She was at Fauabu from 1968 until 1984. In the 1990s, Barrett worked with the Mothers Union in the Torres Strait Islands. Her collection largely comprises of objects that were presented as gifts over the course of her missionary work in Melanesia.
These candlesticks were commissioned by Helen Barrett for St Aidan's Anglican Girls School in Brisbane. However, by the time they were finished the school had acquired a different set.