'Visits to Ooldea, S. Aust. to study the Aborigines by Norman B. Tindale in 1934 and 1951. Adelaide. S. Australia.'

Archive Collections / Dr Norman Barnett Tindale / Series AA338/01 / 'Visits to Ooldea, S. Aust. to study the Aborigines by Norman B. Tindale in 1934 and 1951. Adelaide. S. Australia.'

The 1934 visit dates from 2 October to 16 November 1934 and is recorded on pages 1-279a as 'Journal of a Visit to Ooldea to study the aborigines, Nov. 1934' . The 1951 visit dates from 12-29 April, 1951 and is recorded on pages 279b-345 as 'Second Visit to Ooldea to study the aborigines. April 1951'.

This volume has 97 blank pages with a newspaper clipping on the fifth to last page and a pocket of four black and white postcard prints of photographs taken by Cecil John Hackett (two relating to the 1934 Ooldea expedition, and two to the 1935 Warburton Range expedition, see AA 122) on the second to last page. A contents page appears at the front of the volume.

This journal includes the following:

  • black and white photographs by Cecil John Hackett (see AA 122), Walter Batchelor MacDougall (see AA 193), Harrie E Green (see AA 113), and Tindale

  • postcard

  • newspaper clippings

  • drawings

  • photocopy of an article

  • lists of place names and hand-drawn maps of country

  • notes on South Australian Museum specimens collected by Green dated 1939

  • specimen documentation by Tindale

  • a map of the annular eclipse of the sun on Sunday 30 July 1916 by 'GFD' dated 14 May 1935

  • a typescript list of plants collected by Tindale in 1934 with hand-written annotations

  • 'tribal and language terms recorded from the area'

  • 'List of Wapar (stories of tjukur ancestors) and Inma'

  • correspondence

  • expenditure

  • 'The Australian Women's Weekly' article 'Goanna men give up their Tribal totems' dated 11 July 1951

  • references to Daisy Bates (see AA 23)

  • a vocabulary collected during the 1934 visit consisting of approximately 420 words. These words appear in Tindale's 'Vocabulary of Pitjandjara, 1931-37' (see AA 338/8/5). The vocabulary collected in 1951 consists of approximately 84 words of mixed origin

  • songs and stories (in English)

Supplementary information includes material from 14 May 1935, 1939, 1 February 1949, 8 October 1952, December 1955, 6 January 1970 and 25 April 1984. Information includes:
  • data relating to sacred boards (pages 347-349)

  • letter from Mr CP Doyle regarding meteorite fall near Cook, page195

  • notes from Green, 8 October 1952 (pages 353-357, 363)

  • notes from Walter Batchelor MacDougall, 8 October 1952 and 1955 (pages 359-361, 364-366)

The 1934 expedition party included Dr Cecil John Hackett (see AA 122) and Norman Barnett Tindale. They met with Miss Annie Lock (see AA 184) of the United Aborigines Mission (see AA 624). The 1951 expedition party included Prof. John Burton Cleland and Tindale. They met with Mr Harrie E Green of the United Aborigines Mission and Mr and Mrs KE Siggs, assistant missioner.

Tindale Tribes: Antakirinja; Jangkundjara; Kokata; Mandjindja; Ngalea; Pintubi; Wirangu.

CreatorDr Norman Barnett Tindale
ControlAA 338/1/13
Date Range02 October, 1934  -  29 April, 1951
Quantity 4cm,   1   buckram bound volume, 21.0x27.0 cm, 482 pages, 5 inserts 1 loose item and 1 pocket of photographs
FormatsNewspaper Clippings, General Correspondence, Maps, Loose Photographic Prints, Photocopied Documents, Drawings, Loose Notes, Indexes
Series AA338/01