'A Journal kept on the Anthropological Expedition to Central Australia at Haast Bluff, 1957 by Norman B. Tindale'

Archive Collections / Dr Norman Barnett Tindale / Series AA338/01 / 'A Journal kept on the Anthropological Expedition to Central Australia at Haast Bluff, 1957 by Norman B. Tindale'
Board for Anthropological Research Expedition AB

This journal is handwritten in blue ink with black ink and pencil annotations. Tindale wrote on the right-hand page, leaving the left page for annotations and drawings. There are no contents and index pages. Pages 134 to 147 and 166 to 178 are blank. Page 179 is numbered as page 169. There are 17 loose items including 2 negatives. The expedition dates are 15 August to 7 September 1957. Tindale is funded by The Museum Board of South Australia.

This journal includes the following:

  • newspaper article: 'S.A. party to study Aborigines' in 'The Advertiser', 5 July 1957, pasted opposite page 1

  • Sir Cedric Stanton Hicks sends Professor Per (Peter) Frederik Scholander (physiologist, University of Oslo), Dr J Sanford Hart (biologist, Canadian National Research Council), Professor Harold Theodore Hammel (physiologist, University of Pennsylvania), and MJ Steen (University of Oslo) to meet with Tindale and discuss their field work at Haast Bluff and perhaps Arryonga, page 1

  • Sid Crawford gives Tindale a box of smoking pipes for the Aboriginal people, page 1

  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) permits the use of their tape recorder for the expedition, page 3

  • newspaper article: 'Science meeting in centre' in 'The Advertiser', 6 August 1957, pasted on page 4

  • meets Mr Jeremy Phillip Merrick Long, the acting manager of Haast Bluff station and Dr Butdz-Olsen, a geneticist working on blood groups, page 5

  • worked with Professor John Burton Cleland (see AA 60) on botany, page 7

  • met with "Aussie" EO Stocker (AA 311) and his friend Van Dyke, page 7

  • met a group of Pintubi men, page 7

  • Dr Butdz-Olsen is running blood and urine experiments, page 11

  • met Jama, a Ngalia man, father is Paita, who is learning Kukatja, page 11

  • met Nosepag and Wanatjukurupa (Jim), page 13

  • works on genealogies of children, page 13

  • mentions Epaphras is not able to help and Alwin is away in Alice Springs, page 13

  • black and white photograph of 'Sir R. George meeting Prof Abbie and 'Nosepeg' leader of the Pintubi at Haast Bluff CA.', includes the Governor's wife is stapled to page 14, negative page 184

  • Van Dyke buys a newly made hooked boomerang for 5/- whereas the minum price is 30/- in Adelaide. Tindale adds the tourist demand for returning boomerangs is encouraging a craft which didn't exist there formerly, page 15

  • black and white photograph of Sir Robert George meeting Professor Andrew Arthur Abbie (AA 688) and 'Nosepeg' is stapled to page 16

  • Sir Robert George, Governor of South Australia and his wife, meet Nosepeg, page 17

  • works with Cleland, Pintubi and Aranda people on plant names and notes. Also collects lizards, page 17

  • Nosepeg (Tjangkatu) and other Pintuni men demonstrate a ceremony, page 17

  • ceremonial song, page 19

  • Nosepeg obtains flakes of quartzite to make a chopper, page 19

  • Epaphras maintains the Aranda have spoken stories of the Pleiades, page 21

  • with Stocker records Pintubi songs (see AA 338/11/16/CDs 1-37) and records notes, page 21

  • records genealogies and childrens' mission songs (see AA 338/11/16/CDs 1-37), page 25

  • Scholander, Hart and Mr Althaus arrive from Arryonga for the day, page 25

  • Tjuringa details, page 27, 47

  • Stocker shows pictures of New Guinea people to the Pintubi, page 29

  • description by nursing sister of the 'death custom', page 29

  • leaves for Yuendumu with Nosepeg and describes country en route, page 31

  • met with Mrs Waudby (Mount Wedge station), page 37

  • met with Professor Thomas Draper Campbell (see AA 52), Dr Murray James Barrett, Dr Thomson, Miss Munn and a botanist at Yuendumu, page 39

  • comments on the 'four field tribal division', page 41

  • met Mr Tom and Mrs Pat Fleming, page 41

  • met Rufus, page 41

  • leaves for Haast Bluff, page 43

  • mentions 'Wheeler' (Aboriginal person at Hermannsburg), page 45

  • describes Kukatja class sytem, page 45

  • records and notes songs with Harry, Tjutama and Old Epaphras (see AA 338/11/16/CDs 1-37), pages 49-57

  • records data on Ngelkuru (AB50) and Tapatapa (AB51), page 57

  • takes Jupai: (Pitjandjara man) from Wanandangura and four other men to sing thirteen songs, 1200 feet of tape (see AA 338/11/16/CDs 1-37), page 59

  • takes Epaphras and four Pintubi men, Johnnie, Tjutjama, Tapatapa and Frank, to sing the Koneia series (14 songs, see AA 338/11/16/CDs 1-37), page 61

  • comments on Pintubi social organisation, page 63

  • describes spur winged plover and honey ants with comments by Epaphras, page 67

  • notes Mr and Mrs Robson of Canberra collected songs and stories from Epaphras, page 67

  • specimen of Marsdenia taped to page 70

  • Obed (Aranda man) leads the children in singing songs. Obed supplied data on food for Dr Schwartz, page 71

  • Nosepeg and Pintubi men buy luxuries from the store: oranges, apples, chocolates, lollies and tins of various meats, page 71

  • at the morning's food distribution, one tin of peas per person was issued as well as 1 pound of rice, page 71

  • Justice Martin Chemnitz Kaiewald and Mr Edward Wheewall Holden visit, page 73

  • Stocker films stone knife making, page 73

  • continues recording Koneia song series, page 73

  • visits the hospital with Sister Scherer, page 73

  • Badtz-Osteb and Mr John R Casely-Smith depart for Alice Springs, page 73

  • visits Glen Helen for the day, page 75

  • Epaphras shows Tindale and Cleland young mulgas (Acacia aneura), page 77

  • notes Theodor George Henry Strehlow (see AA 316) in relation to the story of Jeramba, page 79

  • continues recording. Epahphras tells a story in Aranda and says Strehlow has not recorded it, page 81

  • records Aranda story of Koneika (native cat) by Epaphras Aranda old man, page 83 to 93

  • works on the identification of plants, see pages 152 to 165, page 93

  • Dr Thomson and Calhoven (geography department, University of Adelaide) arrive to work on the distribution of Aboriginal people and cattle, page 93

  • reference to Strehlow, page 95

  • continues working on genealogies and notes the change from the 4 class Pintubi system to the 8 class Kukadja system, page 95

  • Pintubi burial, page 97

  • Pintubi tribal boundaries, page 97

  • records the 'Pintubi songs of the Kongka (woman) tjukurupa of Karabuta' (see AA 338/11/16/CDs 1-37), women and children are premitted to hear these songs, page 97 to 101

  • met with Mr Jeremy Phillip Merrick Long, assistant manager and two Sisters. Talked to Long about social organisation, page 101

  • met with Tjutjama (Pintubi man), page 103

  • records 'Kalaia (emu) tjukuru songs of Warupurju in the Rawlinson Range sung by Jubai, a Pitjandjara man' (see AA 338/11/16/CDs 1-37), pages 105 to 109

  • records 2 Pintubi Ilpindji (love) songs by Tjutjama (see AA 338/11/16/CDs 1-37), page 109

  • records childrens' mission songs in Aranda, as well as other mission songs with Obed, his wife and small children, page 111

  • talks with Alwin about the 'Jumu tribe', page 113

  • leaves Alice Springs, page 113

  • newspaper article: 'Aborignal 'flu now' in 'The Mail', 7 September 1957, pasted onto page 117

  • newspaper article: 'Below left - A Pintubi woman has her X-ray', pasted onto page 118

  • newspaper article: 'Expedition returns Natives thrive in desert' in 'The Advertiser', 10 September 1957' pasted onto page 119

  • newspaper article: 'Tribal X-ray survey', pasted onto page 120

  • newspaper article: 'Pintubis' food secrets' in 'The Advertiser', 11 September 1957, pasted onto page 121

  • newspaper article: 'go to the Pintubi' in 'The Advertiser, 12 September 1957 and an article on the name of the Luritja, 12 September, pasted onto page 123

  • newspaper article: 'Tribal songs will fill the night', 'The Mail', 14 September 1957, pasted onto page 124

  • newspaper article: 'Desert is the Pintubi's pantry' in 'The Herald Sun', 15 September 1957, pasted onto page 125

  • newspaper article, pasted onto page 126

  • newspaper article: 'Huge reserve for natives proposed in 'The Advertiser', 27 September 1957, pasted onto page 127

  • newspaper article: 'Pintubi tribe' in 'The Advertiser', 7 October 1957, pasted onto page 127

  • newspaper article: 'May sleep in a refrigerator' in 'The Advertiser', 10 Decemeber 1957, pasted onto page 128

  • newspaper article: 'Deliquency' in 'The Advertiser', January 1961, pasted onto page 128

  • notes on 'Tjuringa from Miss U Teague' (see AA 322), pages 129-133

  • 'Odd Words and Phrases' in Aranda, Kukatja and Pintubi, pages 148 to 151

  • 'Native Food' vocabulary in Aranda, Kukatja, Pintubi and Ngalia. Includes 'Scientific Name' and 'Notes', pages 152 to 165

  • 'Mercury Vapor Light Takings' at Haast Bluff, from 17 August to 5 September 1957, pages 169 to 171

  • newspaper article: Study of the Bindaboo in 'The Advertiser', 8 July 1957, page 172

  • newspaper article: 'Primitive NT tribe found in 'The Advertiser', 11 July 1957

  • envelope labelled 'Haast Bluff 1957 Negatives' containing 2 negatives of images on pages 16 and 17, is pasted onto page 174 as well as pencil notes

  • loose letter to Mr WA Simms from Herbert Hale dated 9 July 1957 relating to rock carvings snd flint chippings near Alice Springs, 1 page

  • loose draft letter to Professor Macfarlane fromTindale dated 25 February 1957 relating to fieldwork in Central Australia and Scholander's research proposal, 3 pages

  • 9 loose pages of handwritten notes

  • 2 loose receipts from Hotel Alice Springs Limited

  • 1 loose TAA (Trans Australia Airlines) brochure with handwritten notes

Recorded South Australian Museum objects include: A51381-82.

People recorded other than expedition members includes: Sir Cedric Stanton Hicks, Professor Per (Peter) Frederik Scholander (physiologist, University of Oslo), Dr J Sanford Hart (biologist, Canadian National Research Council), Professor Harold Ted Hammel (physiologist, University of Pennsylvania), MJ Steen (University of Oslo), Mr Sid Crawford, Mr J Norris (ABC), Mr Grivell (Engineering Department, GPO), Mr EJ Penney (technician, GPO), Mr CS Wicks (State Manager, GPO) Mr Herbert Mathew Hale (Director, South Australian Museum, see AA 124), Mr Birch (ABC), Mr AH Elston and his wife (squadron leader, Dryhurst of Sydney) Mrs M Tapfield (Tindale's aunt), Mr Jeremy Phillip Merrick Long (acting manager of Haast Bluff Station), Jama (Australian Aboriginal man, Ngalia, father is Paita), Nosepeg (Tjangkatu, Pintubi), Sister Lena Scherer, Wanatjukurupa (Australian Aboriginal man, Jim), Old Epaphras (Australian Aboriginal man, Aranda), Alwin, Sir Robert George and his wife (Governor of South Australia), Mr Althaus, Mrs Waudby (Mount Wedge Station), Dr Murray James Barrett (dental research), Dr Thompson, Miss Munn, Reverend Tom and Pat Flemming (Baptist missionaries), Rufus (Yuendumu), Wheeler (Aboriginal person at Hermannsburg), Harry (Australian Aboriginal man, Pintubi), Tjutama (Australian Aboriginal man, Pintubi), Ngelkuru (Australian Aboriginal man, AB50), Tapatapa (Australian Aboriginal man, AB51, Pintubi), Jupai: (Australian Aboriginal man, Pitjandjara), Johnnie (Australian Aboriginal man, Pintubi), Frank (Australian Aboriginal man, Pintubi), Mr and Mrs Robson (Canberra), Obed (Australian Aboriginal man, Aranda), Dr Schwartz, Justice Kaiewald, Mr Edward Wheewall Holden, Theodor George Henry Strehlow, Dr Thomson (geography department, University of Adelaide), Mr Calhoven (geography department, University of Adelaide), Jubai (Australian Aboriginal man, Pitjandjara), Una Sybella Teague (see AA 322), Mr WA Simms (Hotel Alice Springs) and Professor Walter Victor Macfarlane (department of physiology, University of Queensland)

The expedition party included Professor Andrew Arthur Abbie (leader, anatomy, University of Adelaide, cinematographer, AA 688), Sir John Burton Cleland (blood sample, diet and botany, AA 60), Dr Norman Barnett Tindale (ethnologist, sound and colour film recording), Dr A Dudley Packer (anthropologist, anatomy, acting leader until Abbie's arrival), Mr John R Casely-Smith (blood samples), Mr Geoff S Heithersay (dental), Peter Kempster (technician), Miss Gwen D Walsh (photographer), EO Stocker (Aussie, cinematographer), Van Dyke (assisted Stocker), and Professor Otto Egede Butdz-Olsen (geneticist, blood groups, University of Quensland).

Tindale Tribes: Aranda; Jumu; Kukatja (NT); Ngalia; Pintubi; Pitjandjara.

CreatorDr Norman Barnett Tindale
ControlAA 338/1/21/2
Date Range01 July, 1957  -  01 January, 1961
Quantity 1.5cm,   1   hard cover exercise book, 20.5x25.8cm, 184 pages with 15 loose items
Series AA338/01