Correspondence, notes and other documentation relating to Aboriginal archaeology, including the following items:

  1. Handwritten translation of part of a paper published by Dr Herbert Basedow (AA 22), 'Der Tasmanienschadel ein Insulartypus' in Zeitschrift fur Ethnogie, Vol 1, 1910, relating to the metrical characteristics of Tasmanian Aboriginal skulls. Photocopy "Krijgsgevangenen in de Pacific-oorlog (1914 - 1945) E van Witsen, Prof. Dr IJ Brugmans. Photocopy of "Ichi, ni san" ware gebeurtenissen unit de japanes tijd (1942 - 1945) DA Visker 1971"

  2. Typed list of questions concerning stone artefact types and technology, with handwritten answers and comments by George Aiston (AA 3).

  3. Typed list by George Aiston of 51 material culture items of the 'Wonkanguru' tribe, including the Wangkangurru name for each item, plus a brief description.

  4. Typescript paper (three pages) by AS Kenyon (AA 343) (23 September 1921) entitled 'The stone implements of the Australian Aboriginal', providing some information on stone artefact typology and manufacture.

  5. Handwritten letter from AC Haddon in Cambridge, UK, to Campbell on 27 October 1926 re stone artefacts given by Campbell to Cambridge Museum (?) in 1923. A typed list of stone artefact types numbered from 1-58 and 'described by Miles C. Burkitt and A. C. Haddon' is attached. Another typed list of artefact types numbered from 59-157, evidently a galley-proof page for a publication, is probably related to the Haddon letter.

  6. Typescript paper (one page) entitled 'Ground stone axes (unhafted)', author and date unknown. Includes reference to a diorite axe quarry in the MacDonnell Ranges (NT) and to the Warramunga tribe (NT).

  7. Typescript and handwritten notes, evidently by Campbell, on Aboriginal methods of cooking food in central Australia.

  8. Index card labelled 'Trips concerning archaeology', listing the archaeological field trips undertaken by Campbell between 1943-1959.

  9. Handwritten letter from Arnold Trueman at Burra North, 26 May 1944 reporting an Aboriginal engraving site near Baldina Creek.

  10. Handwritten note from Campbell to Herbert Hedley Finlayson (AA 93), 16 September 194, referring to discovery of an Aboriginal skeleton at Freeling in the Mid North of South Australia. Campbell advises that some marsupial remains were found in association with the skeleton.

  11. Typescript paper by R Lindsay Black (AA 32) entitled Some customs of the Aboriginals of the Darling River Valley, delivered at ANZAAS Conference in Hobart, 1949. This paper includes some information on the 'Barkinji', 'Kamilaroi' and 'Wiradjuri' tribes, and descriptions of Aboriginal sites in the Darling River area, including burial sites, stone arrangements, fish traps, rock engravings and rock paintings. There is also some discussion of stone artefacts including cylcons and grooved axes. Black's paper includes a sketch map showing the locations of some of the sites discussed in the text.

  12. Correspondence (1950) re discovery of Aboriginal rock engraving sites at Eucolo Creek and Wild Dog Creek, near Woomera.

  13. Handwritten list of stone artefacts from Millers Creek and Arcoona, apparently presented to SA Museum in December 1953.

  14. Correspondence from SA Museum to Campbell (1958-61) re donation of stone artefacts from Lake Hart, Roxby Downs and Arcoona, Lake Victoria (NSW), south-east South Australia and Yuendumu (NT). Also includes typewritten notes by Norman Barnett Tindale (AA 338) on artefacts collected from Lake Hart and Roxby Downs.

  15. Typescript report on an Aboriginal burial site near Hackham, south of Adelaide, by Graeme Lloyd Pretty (AA 255), c. 1964. Page 1 of the report is missing. The site contained the skeletons of at least five individuals and some stone artefacts and other cultural material. The report includes a b/w photo showing skeletal material exposed in a trench excavated by Pretty, and a map showing the location of the site.

  16. Typed list of Aboriginal stone artefacts types with heading 'All specimens are rather of the smaller size of implements'; the artefacts are listed from A-S.

  17. Copy of draft paper by Murray James Barrett entitled 'Australian Aboriginal customs and beliefs concerning teeth' (c. 1965). Provides some information obtained from Aboriginal people at Yuendumu (NT) on vocabulary and mythology relating to teeth, and Aboriginal cures for tooth-ache.

Tindale Tribes: Barkindji; Wiradjuri.

CreatorProfessor Thomas Draper Campbell
ControlAA 52/4/3 A-Q
Date Range1910  -  1945
FormatsGeneral Correspondence, Maps, Loose Photographic Prints
Series AA 52/04
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