Born: 27 October 1881, Kent Town, South Australia
Herbert Basedow, anthropologist, was born at Kent Town, South Australia, on 27 October 1881. He was the youngest son of MPF Basedow, who was the Minister of Education in the W Morgan ministry. Educate at Prince Alfred College, the School of Mines, and the University of Adelaide, Basedow subsequently studied at the Universities of Heidelberg, Gottingen, Breslau and Zurich and graduated MA, MD, PhD and BSc.
He entered into the Geological Department of South Australia and became Assistant Government Geologist. He accompanied and led several government and private exploratory expeditions into Central and Northern Australia which led him to develope an interest in Aborginal people and lived a considerable time amongst them.
The South Australian Museum Archives contains photographs, negatives, postcards, news clippings and a report.