The Pigmy Woman from Africa
Photolithograph on yellow sheet, 268 x 140 mm, Ephemera
Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, Reference:
Terence Meekin (1886-1966) was responsible for bringing Ubangi
Chilliwingi as a touring performer in Australia and New Zealand.
She was a pigmy woman from Cape Province, 28 inches tall at 27
years old when she performed in Wellington in 1929.
She and Meekin formed
a commercially successful association over a generation, engaging
a pigmy troupe and returning with them each year to Africa when
their vises expired. They then re-signed any available performers.
When Meekin died a widower in 1966, his daughter persuaded the
Department of Immigration to allow Ubangi to live with her on the
Gold Coast, Queensland.
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