Anthropological Perspectives on Ethnographic Collecting by Australian Colonial Administrators in Papua and New Guinea

  • Spriggs, Matthew (PI)
  • Smith, Michael (CoI)

    Project: Research

    Project Details


    Australian colonial administrators in PNG built up large ethnographic collections. This study will examine the contexts in which 'ethnographic' objects were acquired from Indigenous peoples in PNG with particular emphasis on the role of Sir Hubert Murray. This will be the first study to examine the historical and cultural context of the large PNG collections now held by the National Museum of Australia. It will provide a new perspective on Australia's role as a colonial power in the Pacific using ethnographic objects to explore the relationship between key figures in the Administration and Indigenous people.
    Effective start/end date9/04/028/04/05


    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$67,635.00
    • National Museum of Australia: A$20,000.00


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