Born: 1888, Toogoolawah, Queensland, Australia
Died: 1957, Kelvin Grove, Queensland, Australia
Ursula McConnel, gifted academic and pioneering anthropologist, contributed valuable ethnographic research of the Wik people of far-north Queensland. The South Australian Museum Archives contains material collected in the field by McConnel, including negatives, lantern slides, a photographic album, photographic prints, field notes, paintings and audio capture in various formats. The collection was augmented with the chance discovery of McConnel's tin trunk in a shed, scheduled for demolition on a property at North Brighton, in South Australia. Over 800 photographs and 3000 loose pages were contained in the trunk, which was donated to the South Australian Museum in July 2006. The combined material provides great insight into the personal and professional life of McConnel.