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Biographical entry Mountford, Charles Pearcy (1890 - 1976)

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Born
9 May 1890
Hallett, South Australia, Australia
Died
16 December 1976
Norwood, South Australia, Australia
Occupation
Ethnologist and Author

Summary

Charles Pearcy Mountford was Honorary Assistant in Ethnology from 1935 at the South Australian Museum and Acting Ethnologist in 1938. He joined the Postmaster-General's Department in Adelaide as an engineer/mechanic in 1913 and in 1920 he was posted to Darwin. This was the catalyst for his interest in all things aboriginal. Mountford became a recognised expert in the area publishing at least 40 scientific papers and a multitude of books on aboriginal art, custom and culture. From 1935 until 1963 he participated in or organised numerous ethnological expeditions across Australia and received many high accolades and awards for his research, including two honorary doctorates and an appointment as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Details

Events

1909 - c. 1911
Education - Correspondence courses in mechanics and engineering completed at the South Australian School of Mines and Industries
1909 - c. 1911
Career position - Tram conductor in Adelaide
1913 - 1920
Career position - Electrical Mechanic at the Postmaster-General's Department
1920 - c. 1924
Career position - Senior Mechanic with the Postmaster-General's Department at the Darwin Post Office
c. 1924 -
Career position - Returned to the Postmaster-General's Department in Adelaide
1926 -
Career position - Foundation Member of the Anthropological Society of South Australia
1935 -
Career position - Honorary Assistant in Ethnology at the South Australian Museum
1935
Career position - Anthropological expedition to the Warburton Range, Western Australia
1935
Career position - Secretary of a board of inquiry to investigate allegations of ill-treatment of Aborigines in the Northern Territory
1937
Career position - Anthropological expedition to the Nepabunna Mission in Flinders Ranges, South Australia
1938
Career position - Acting Ethnologist at the South Australian Museum
1940
Career position - Expedition from Ernabella to Ayers Rock to examine the art of the Pitjantjatjara and Yankuntjatjara (four months)
1945
Award - Australian Natural History medallion received from the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
1948
Career position - Brown Men and Red Sand published
1949
Career position - Expedition to Arnhem land
1949
Award - Franklin L. Burr award received from the National Geographic Society
1951
Career position - Expedition to Yuendumu
1954
Career position - Expedition to the Northern Territory and Melville Island
1955
Award - John Lewis gold medal received from the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, South Australian branch
1955
Career position - Thomson gold medal received from the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, Queensland branch
1955
Award - Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
1963
Career position - Expedition to Port Hedland, Western Australia
1964
Career position - Expedition to the Cape York Peninsula, Queensland
1964
Education - Master of Arts (MA) completed at the University of Adelaide
1971
Award - Sir Joseph Verco medal received from the Royal Society of South Australia
1973
Education - Litterarum Doctor honoris causa (Hon LittD) received from the University of Melbourne
1976
Career position - Nomads of the Australian Desert published
1976
Education - Doctor of Letters honoris causa (HonDLitt) received from the University of Adelaide

Archival resources

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • Charles Pearcy Mountford - Records, 1960, DeB 42; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details
  • Charles Pearcy Mountford - Records, 28 October 1966, DeB 189; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana

  • Charles Pearcy Mountford - Records, 1907 - 1976, PRG 1218; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details

Published resources

Books

  • Mountford, Charles Pearcy, Australian tree portraits., Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 1956, 69 pp. Details

Book Sections

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.