This is the first of four volumes. The volume is divided into three parts: part 1, dated 29 December 1930 - 12 June 1956 (pages 1-318); part 2, dated 4 November 1955 (pages 319-506, with an 8 page index to part 1 and part of part 2 inserted between pages 320 and 321), and part 3, dated 12 December 1949 - 11 December 1961 (pages 507-692). Pages 497-506 are blank and pages 500 and 501 are missing. An 18 page typescript index to all three volumes has been inserted at the end.
This journal is a compilation of notes and supplementary papers on campsites and implements. An introductory note by Tindale reads:
'On return from the Harvard-Adelaide Anthropage Exped I found it desirable to start this journal to take care of the multitude of new pieces of information being acquired. The emphasis is on stone implements and on campsite data. Sketches of implements are usually natural size approximations and intended as guides to the original specimens when these are available in the South Australian Museum'.