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'Two People-One Life': Collecting and the Marriage of Ronald M. and Catherine H. Berndt


Brittlebank, K, 'Two People-One Life': Collecting and the Marriage of Ronald M. and Catherine H. Berndt, Australian Historical Studies, 39, (1) pp. 3-18. ISSN 1031-461X (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/10314610701837201


After the deaths in the early 1990s of the eminent anthropologists of Aboriginal Australia, Ronald M. and Catherine H. Berndt, their substantial personal collection of Asian art and artefacts entered the public domain. An examination of the place of the collection in the Berndts' marriage reveals that it served both as a bonding mechanism and as a means of inquiry. In the latter sense, a nexus is identified between the couple's marriage, the Asian collection, and their anthropological research, which in turn contributes to our understanding of the personal impulses that drive and shape scientific inquiry.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Brittlebank, K (Dr Kate Brittlebank)
ID Code:53707
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2008-12-22
Last Modified:2009-03-10

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