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Series AA 31/01
Field notebooks and data relating to Australian Archaeology and Anthropology
Date Range1934 - 1967
Quantity8 cm,
ProvenanceDr Eustace Couper Black
Description

Series AA 31/1 comprises field notebooks, notes and other material relating to Black's archaeological and anthropological fieldwork in Australia. This material is housed in Box 1.

Inventory Listing

AA 31/1/1

Field notebooks and data relating to Australian Archaeology and Anthropology

 

This series comprises field notebooks, notes and other material relating to Black's archaeological and anthropological fieldwork in Australia.

The following notebooks are included in this series:

  1. Notebook 1: Anthropometric data on Adnyamathanha people recorded by Black at Nepabunna in May 1937 during an expedition by the Board for Anthropological Research (BAR; see AA 346).
  2. Notebook 2, labelled 'Flinders Range, 1937': Notes on visit by Black to Chambers Gorge and Nepabunna in May 1937 during the BAR expedition. The notebook includes anthropometric data on some Adnyamathanha people, including Jack Coulthard, Joe Elliott, Percy Richards and Fred Johnson, descriptions and sketches of rock art at Red Gorge (Deception Creek) and Mudlapenna Springs (Frome Creek), and a list of about 100 Adnyamathanha words and short phrases. The notebook also includes notes and sketches of rock engravings at Devon Downs (River Murray).
  3. Notebook 3, labelled 'Port Augusta camp sites': Notes relating to archaeological sites investigated by Black in the Port Augusta area, January 1945.
  4. Notebook 4: Journal of trip to Musgrave Range and Everard Range with Prof. JB Cleland (see AA 60) in April 1950. Black describes the Aboriginal camp and mission at Oodnadatta, and his visits to Todmordon, Granite Downs, Everard Park and Kenmore Park Stations en route to the Everard Range, including references to 'Antikiri' people, Aboriginal employment in the pastoral industry and continuing ceremonial activities. From Kenmore Park, Cleland and Black travelled to Ernabella Mission, where they attended a church service and obtained some information from Rev. Trudinger about 'Pitjantjadjara' burial and childbirth practices, Red Ochre ceremonies and the measles epidemic of 1949. Cleland and Black then travelled to Mt Woodroofe in the Musgrave Range. The journal entries cease at that point.
  5. Notebook 5: Journal of a day-trip by plane with Royal Geographical Society of South Australia to Lake Eyre, 15th October 1950.
  6. Notebook 6: Notes on visits by Black to Eyre Peninsula in February 1958 and December 1959 (?) including notes on historic memorials, Aboriginal campsites and rock art. This notebook also includes brief notes on Aboriginal sites investigated during visits to Wellington (SA) in February 1959 and April 1959, Coorong (January-February 1960); Cape Jervis and Fishery Beach (October 1960), Light River (November 1960), Tunkalilla (January 1961). Giles Creek (1946 and 1961), Sellicks Beach (March 1961), Coorong (March 1961), Kanmantoo (April 1961), Flinders Ranges (November 1961), Wellington and Poltalloch Station (January 1962).
  7. Notebook 7, labelled 'Koonalda Cave Archaeological Expedition, February 1967': Journal of trip to Koonalda Cave on the Nullarbor Plain to assist in archaeological excavations being undertaken by Richard Wright. The journal also includes references to other sites on the Nullarbor Plain including Weekes Cave, Murrawijinnie Cave and Kudna Rockhole.


The material in Series 1 is housed in Box 1.

This series includes references to: Adelaide - Mount Lofty Ranges; Central East; Eyre Peninsula; Flinders Ranges; North Central; North West; North East; Nullarbor - Great Victoria Desert; River Murray - Coorong.

This series also includes references to: New South Wales; Western Australia.

This series includes references to the following named groups: Adnyamathanha; Andingirri; Antakiri; Pitjandjatjara.

Corresponding Tindale Tribes: Antakirinja; Pitjandjara; Wailpi.

Corresponding AIATSIS Language Groups: Antakarinja; Adnyamathanha; Pitjantjatjara.

  Creator Dr Eustace Couper Black
Control AA 31/1/1
Date Range 1934 - 1967
Quantity 8 cm,
Formats Reports, Notebooks, Loose Notes and Sketches
Inventory Identifier AA 31/1/1
Series AA 31/01

AA 31/1/2

Field notebooks and data relating to Australian Archaeology and Anthropology

 

This series also includes handwritten and typescript notes, reports and other material, including the following items:

  1. Handwritten notes by Black entitled 'Notes on the X-ray findings of a large quantity of shell particles in the intestinal contents of a mummified body of an Aborigine found at Kongarati Cave near Second Valley, March 1934'. Attached to these notes are a report from the radiographer at the Adelaide Hospital and some handwritten notes on dentition from TD Campbell (see AA 52).
  2. Typed notes by Black providing an account of the BAR trip to Ooldea in 1938, including a description of the mission and reference to the 'Andingiri' tribe (= Antakirinja).
  3. Typed notes by Black describing an incident during the 1938 BAR trip to Ooldea when a rumour reached the Aboriginal people there that 'wild' Aboriginal people were on their way to Ooldea from the north to kill all the people there.
  4. Typed notes by Black (pp. 2, 5-6 - other pages missing) relating to burial customs at Ooldea, mythology connected with Pidinga Rockhole and the fear of the 'wild natives' from the north.
  5. Handwritten notes by Black on Aboriginal campsites and artefacts from Yandama Creek, north of Lake Frome (October 1947) and correspondence relating to his fieldwork in that area.
  6. Typed undated report by anonymous author (Ned?) describing a visit to Aboriginal sites in the Gawler Ranges area. This report includes references to an extensive stone arrangement and quarry site on Yantanabie Station (near Wirrulla), as well as Aboriginal campsites in the Smoky Bay area. The author also visted a number of Aboriginal sites including rockholes, campsites and ochre sources in the 'Pinjarra Lakes' area, west of the western end of the Gawler Ranges. According to a local pastoralist, the rockholes in the Pinjarra Lakes area were connected to a Dreaming story that began in the Warburton Range (WA) and extended to the Flinders Ranges.
  7. Hand-drawn sketch map by HM Cooper (see AA 64) showing location of some Aboriginal archaeological sites near Boolcunda Creek and Wirreanda Creek, north of Quorn in the Flinders Ranges.
  8. Hand-drawn sketch map by HM Cooper showing location of some Aboriginal archaeological sites in the Hallett Cove area.
  9. Set of 53 campsite cards, partially completed, for Aboriginal archaeological sites including Port Augusta, Mt Woodroofe, Finniss River (SA), Hawk's Nest (Kangaroo Island), Rocky River (Kangaroo Island), Ooldea, Kenmore Park, Chowilla, Nine Mile Creek or Stephens Creek (north of Broken Hill), Lake Victoria (NSW), Lake Menindie (NSW), Balekah Creek (NSW), Albemarle (NSW) and Lake Bancannia (NSW).
  Creator Dr Eustace Couper Black
Control AA 31/1/2
Date Range 1934 - 1967
Formats Reports, Notebooks, Loose Notes and Sketches
Inventory Identifier AA 31/1/2
Series AA 31/01