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Biographical entry Massola, Aldo Giuseppe (1910 - 1975)

9 September 1910
Rome, Italy
6 July 1975
Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
Anthropologist and Museum curator


Aldo Massola was Curator of Anthropology at the National Museum of Victoria during which time he worked to organise the collections, identifying artefacts, developing more systematic records and compiling bibliographies. He conducted successful field excursions searching for rock paintings about which he published articles in the Victorian Naturalist. In visiting Aboriginal communities he assembled significant oral, written and pictorial material and won the respect of those he visited. The Anthropological Society of Victoria was revived under Massola's presidency.



1954 - 1956
Career position - Temporary Assistant (Anthropology), National Museum of Victoria
1956 - 1965
Career position - Curator of Anthropology, National Museum of Victoria
1959 - 1961
Career position - President, Anthropological Society of Victoria

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  • Baines, M. A., 'Aldo Massola, Italo-Australian Anthropologist of the Aborigines', Victorian Naturalist, 93 (3) (1976), 91. Details
  • Massola, A., 'Punta Arenas and Sir Baldwin Spencer's Grave', Victorian Naturalist, 89 (2) (1972), 54-56. Details


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