Harvard-Adelaide Expedition: 'Platypus & Echidna' 1938-1939.

Archive Collections / Board for Anthropological Research / Series AA346/09 / Harvard-Adelaide Expedition: 'Platypus & Echidna' 1938-1939.
BAR Expedition Symbol: N

This is the tenth of twelve film titles documenting the Board for Anthropological Research (BAR) Harvard-Adelaide Universities expedition, during 13 May 1938 - 30 June 1939.

This expedition travelled through South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. For a listing of the locations visited by the expedition party see: JB Birdsell's 'Australian Daily Field Journal 1938-1939' (AA 689/1/1) and NB Tindale's Journal 'Harvard and Adelaide Universities Anthropological Expedition, Australia, 1938-1939' (AA 338/1/15/1-2).

This unfinished film was possibly intended to be produced as 'Records of Australian Native Mammals' to be shown in the South Australian Museum's (SAMA) Children's Museum. See: (AA 346/9/13/1). Annotations by NB Tindale (AA 338) on the edge of the film and intertitles produced but not added were used in the making of this summary. See: (AA 346/9/13/8), Time Codes 07:02-07:30. The intertitles were left as originally spelt, however in this film summary only the current common and scientific names have been included. This film has not been digitally transferred.

The cinematographer was NB Tindale with possible involvement from both DM Tindale and BG Birdsell. See: (AA 346/9/13/1).

    This film contains footage of Australian mammals filmed at the following locations:
  • Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeate). Woodenbong, New South Wales.

  • Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus). Flaggy Creek, Queensland. (Northernmost record).

    Characteristics: 16mm, B&W, silent, 350 ft.
    Notes: This item was previously held in the NB Tindale collection (AA 338) but unaccessioned.

  • NB Tindale's notes for the editing of the Harvard Adelaide films (AA 346/9/27/6)

  • Harvard Adelaide: Titles (AA 346/9/13/5) Time Codes 07:02-07:30.

CreatorBoard for Anthropological Research
ControlAA 346/9/13/10
Date Range01 May, 1938  -  01 June, 1939
Quantity 3.5cm,   1   film item. Format: 16mm.
Series AA346/09