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Biographical entry Williams, Francis Edgar (1893 - 1943)

9 February 1893
Malvern, South Australia, Australia
12 May 1943
Papua New Guinea


Francis Williams was government anthropologist, Territory of Papua 1928-1943. He founded and edited a monthly newspaper in simple English, the "Papuan Villager" (1929-1942).


Born 9 February 1893. Died 12 May 1943. Educated University of Adelaide (BA 1914, MA 1928) and Oxford (Diploma in anthropology 1921, BSc 1934, DSc 1941). Australian Imperial Force 1915-18, assistant government anthropologist, Territory of Papua 1922-28, government anthropologist 1928-43, military intelligence, compiling manuals for the Allied Geographical Section 1941-43, liaison officer, Australian New Guinea Administrative Unit 1943. Wellcome gold medal for anthropological research 1933, Cilento medal 1935, Rockefeller fellowship 1933-34. President, anthropology section, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science 1939.

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  • Elkin, A.P., 'Obituary: F. E. Williams', Australian Journal of Science, 6 (3) (1943), 92-93. Details


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