Sunday, May 5, 2013

Spencer and Gillen's Extraordinary Online Legacy

Spencer and Gillen A Journey through Aboriginal Australia is a new website launched at Museum Victoria on 5 May 2013.

It is the result of a collaboration that has involved a large number of institutions around the globe.

'This website showcases notebooks, films, audio recordings, illustrations and photographs collected during Spencer and Gillen’s studies in anthropology between 1875 and 1912.'

This impressive collection currently contains 5314 objects including 1858 of their photographs, 26 audio recording, 16 moving images and 1199 documents. Documents such as journal and diary entries and letters include the original plus a transcript. All objects can be magnified for easy inspection.

The work of Baldwin Spencer and Frank Gillen, and their extraordinary legacy, are a vital part of Australia's heritage that all of us should learn more about.

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