Australian Museum Journal A century of collecting: colonial collectors in southwest New Britain. In A Pacific Odyssey: Archaeology and Anthropology in the Western Pacific. Papers in Honour of Jim Specht

Shortform:
Knowles, 2004, Rec. Aust. Mus., Suppl. 29: 65–74
Author(s):
Knowles, Chantal; Gosden, Chris
Year published:
2004
Title:
A century of collecting: colonial collectors in southwest New Britain. In A Pacific Odyssey: Archaeology and Anthropology in the Western Pacific. Papers in Honour of Jim Specht
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement
Volume:
29
Start page:
65
End page:
74
DOI:
10.3853/j.0812-7387.29.2004.1403
Language:
English
Date published:
19 May 2004
Cover date:
19 May 2004
ISBN:
ISBN 0-9750476-2-0 (printed), ISBN 0-9750476-3-9 (online)
ISSN:
0812-7387
CODEN:
RAMSEZ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
ANTHROPOLOGY; NEW BRITAIN
Digitized:
19 May 2004
Available online:
19 May 2004
Reference number:
1403
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Title page:
Title page (11kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (1416kb PDF)

Abstract

The study of material culture has waxed and waned in importance in anthropology, unlike archaeology where it has always been central. However, much of the anthropology carried out on the south coast of New Britain has concerned the collection of material culture. We survey a century of collecting on the coast ranging from the large, well-organized expeditions of the German period, through a number of individual collectors both amateur and professional from the German period to the Second World War, and we finish with the more minor forms of collecting taking place in the quite different political climate after the War. We show that the study of past collections can throw light on a number of histories: the biographies of individuals, both local and colonial, the histories of institutions and disciplines, and the history of change along the south coast of New Britain itself.

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