Field notebooks and data relating to Australian Archaeology and Anthropology

Archive Collections / Dr Eustace Couper Black / Series AA 31/01 / Field notebooks and data relating to Australian Archaeology and Anthropology

This series comprises field notebooks, notes and other material relating to Black's archaeological and anthropological fieldwork in Australia.

The following notebooks are included in this series:

  1. Notebook 1: Anthropometric data on Adnyamathanha people recorded by Black at Nepabunna in May 1937 during an expedition by the Board for Anthropological Research (BAR; see AA 346).

  2. Notebook 2, labelled 'Flinders Range, 1937': Notes on visit by Black to Chambers Gorge and Nepabunna in May 1937 during the BAR expedition. The notebook includes anthropometric data on some Adnyamathanha people, including Jack Coulthard, Joe Elliott, Percy Richards and Fred Johnson, descriptions and sketches of rock art at Red Gorge (Deception Creek) and Mudlapenna Springs (Frome Creek), and a list of about 100 Adnyamathanha words and short phrases. The notebook also includes notes and sketches of rock engravings at Devon Downs (River Murray).

  3. Notebook 3, labelled 'Port Augusta camp sites': Notes relating to archaeological sites investigated by Black in the Port Augusta area, January 1945.

  4. Notebook 4: Journal of trip to Musgrave Range and Everard Range with Prof. JB Cleland (see AA 60) in April 1950. Black describes the Aboriginal camp and mission at Oodnadatta, and his visits to Todmordon, Granite Downs, Everard Park and Kenmore Park Stations en route to the Everard Range, including references to 'Antikiri' people, Aboriginal employment in the pastoral industry and continuing ceremonial activities. From Kenmore Park, Cleland and Black travelled to Ernabella Mission, where they attended a church service and obtained some information from Rev. Trudinger about 'Pitjantjadjara' burial and childbirth practices, Red Ochre ceremonies and the measles epidemic of 1949. Cleland and Black then travelled to Mt Woodroofe in the Musgrave Range. The journal entries cease at that point.

  5. Notebook 5: Journal of a day-trip by plane with Royal Geographical Society of South Australia to Lake Eyre, 15th October 1950.

  6. Notebook 6: Notes on visits by Black to Eyre Peninsula in February 1958 and December 1959 (?) including notes on historic memorials, Aboriginal campsites and rock art. This notebook also includes brief notes on Aboriginal sites investigated during visits to Wellington (SA) in February 1959 and April 1959, Coorong (January-February 1960); Cape Jervis and Fishery Beach (October 1960), Light River (November 1960), Tunkalilla (January 1961). Giles Creek (1946 and 1961), Sellicks Beach (March 1961), Coorong (March 1961), Kanmantoo (April 1961), Flinders Ranges (November 1961), Wellington and Poltalloch Station (January 1962).

  7. Notebook 7, labelled 'Koonalda Cave Archaeological Expedition, February 1967': Journal of trip to Koonalda Cave on the Nullarbor Plain to assist in archaeological excavations being undertaken by Richard Wright. The journal also includes references to other sites on the Nullarbor Plain including Weekes Cave, Murrawijinnie Cave and Kudna Rockhole.

The material in Series 1 is housed in Box 1.

This series includes references to: Adelaide - Mount Lofty Ranges; Central East; Eyre Peninsula; Flinders Ranges; North Central; North West; North East; Nullarbor - Great Victoria Desert; River Murray - Coorong.

This series also includes references to: New South Wales; Western Australia.

This series includes references to the following named groups: Adnyamathanha; Andingirri; Antakiri; Pitjandjatjara.

Corresponding Tindale Tribes: Antakirinja; Pitjandjara; Wailpi.

Corresponding AIATSIS Language Groups: Antakarinja; Adnyamathanha; Pitjantjatjara.

CreatorDr Eustace Couper Black
ControlAA 31/1/1
Date Range1934  -  1967
Quantity 8cm,     1 type 2 box
FormatsSketches, Notebooks, Loose Notes
Series AA 31/01