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Biographical entry Tindale, Norman Barnett (1900 - 1993)

12 October 1900
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
19 November 1993
Entomologist and Anthropologist


Norman Barnett Tindale, educated at the University of Adelaide (BSc 1933), joined the South Australian Museum in 1917. He was Assistant Entomologist there from 1925 and then Curator of Anthropology c1928-62. He later developed strong ties with anthropologists in the USA.

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Archival resources

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • Norman Barnett Tindale - Records, 1930 - 1960, DeB 65; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

South Australian Museum Archives

  • Norman B. Tindale Archives, 1921 - 1991, AA338; South Australian Museum Archives. Details

Published resources


  • Musgrave, A., Bibliography of Australian Entomology, 1775-1930, Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales., Sydney, 1932, 380 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Jones, Philip, 'The "Idea behind the Artefact": Norman Tindale's Early Years as a Salvage Ethnographer', Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 2008, pp. 315-46. Details
  • Tindale, N. B., 'Anthropology', in C. R. Twidale; M. J. Tyler and M. Davies (eds), Ideas and Endeavours - The Natural Sciences in South Australia, Royal Society of South Australia, Adelaide, 1986. Details
  • Tindale, Norman B., 'Milerum (1869?-1941), shearer and Aboriginal ethnologist', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of biography, vol. 10, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1986, pp. 498-499. Also available at Details

Conference Papers

  • Jones, Philip, 'Archivists in Museums: Norman B. Tindale: His Life as an Archive', in Preparing for Tomorrow: Proceedings, Australian Society of Archivists Conference, Australian Society of Archivists, Adelaide, SA, 1997, pp. 198-206. Details

Journal Articles

  • Erckenbrecht, Corrina, Fuary, Maureen, Greer, Shelley, Henry, Rosita, McGregor, Russel and Wood, Michael, 'Artefacts and collectors in the tropics of north Queensland', Australian Journal of Anthropology, vol. 21, 2010, pp. 350-66. Details
  • Jones, Philip, 'Obituary for Norman Barnett ("Tinny") Tindale born Perth, October 12, 1900, died Palo Alto, California, November 19, 1993, aged 93', Aboriginal History, vol. 18, no. 1/2, 1994, pp. 5-8. Details
  • Mulvaney, D. J., 'Two remarkably parallel careers', Australian Archaeology, vol. 10, 1980, pp. 96-101. Details
  • Smith, M.A., '"The Opening Chapter of the Romance of Excavation in Australia": Reflections on Norman Tindale's Archaeology', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 13, no. 2, 2000, pp. 151-160. Also available at Details
  • Tindale, Norman B., 'A South Australian Looks at the Beginnings of Archaeological Research in Australia', Aboriginal History, vol. 6, June/December, 1982, pp. 92-110. Details


  • Walter, Karen D., '"The proper breadth of interest": Norman B. Tindale, the development of a fieldworker in Aboriginal Australia 1900 - 1936', MA thesis, Australian National University, 1988, 244 pp. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Jones, Philip G., 'Norman B. Tindale - 12 October 1900 - 19 November 1993 - an obituary', Records of the South Australian Museum, vol. 28, no. 2, 1995, pp. 159-76. Details
  • McIntyre, A. K., 'Walter Victor Macfarlane 1913-82', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 6, no. 2, 1985, pp. 247-265. Also available at Details

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