Thelma Clarke Accompanied her Husband J. F. Gates Clarke on a trip to Rapa

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Thelma Miesen Clarke, wife of J. F. Gates Clarke, accompanied her husband to Rapa Island on a scientific collecting expedition in 1963. She stands beside a tree of Pandanus tectorius, at Point Marala, Rapa. Rapa Island is the most southern, far-flung of the Austral Islands, some 1,420 km to the south of Tahiti on the Tropic of Capricorn. The group of seven islands are volcanic islands populated by Polynesians and are sometimes also known as the Tubuai Islands.


Clarke, John Frederick Gates


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Photograph included in the transcript of John Frederick Gates Clarke by Pamela M. Henson, April 30, 1986, in Smithsonian Institution Archives.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9555, Box 1, John Frederick Gates Clarke Oral History Interview

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  • Trees
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Rapa Island
  • Clarke, Thelma Miesen
  • Entomology
  • Pandanus tectorius
  • Collecting and collections
  • Entomologists
  • Plants
  • Tropic of Capricorn
  • Islands
  • Austral Islands
  • Tahiti
  • Botany


  • Austral Islands
  • Tahiti


  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid

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Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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