Society members and Flinders University students on a field trip to Ngaut Ngaut (Devon Downs). Image courtesy of Amy Roberts and the Mannum Aboriginal Community Association Inc.


The Anthropological Society of South Australia (Inc.) was founded in 1926, the first society of its type to be established in Australia.

Early founding members of the society include Norman Tindale, Charles Mountford, Frederic Wood Jones, Thomas Campbell and Robert Pulleine..


 The Society’s aims are:

(1) To bring together people from all walks of life who share an interest in learning about other cultures;

(2) To promote the study of anthropology, archaeology and related disciplines; and

(3) To take public and official action in the interests of anthropology and archaeology as may be deemed desirable.

Society members include professional people working in the fields of Australian anthropology, archaeology and related disciplines as well as other researchers, students and the general public.

The activities of the Society include the Annual Norman Tindale Memorial Lecture and occasional public lectures by invited speakers.

The Society also conducts occasional field trips to Aboriginal sites (in conjunction with Aboriginal communities) and members are invited to participate.

Society members at a field trip to Warriparinga in 2006. Image courtesy of Tom Gara.

Norman Tindale at Tungawa (Fromm’s Landing). Image courtesy of John Mulvaney.

Every year the society hosts the Annual Norman Tindale Memorial Lecture - this year it is being co-hosted with the Archaeology Discipline from Flinders University. Norman Tindale, one of the Society’s founders, was an Australian anthropologist, archaeologist and entomologist. Tindale is perhaps best remembered for his work which attempted to catalogue Australia’s Indigenous ‘tribal boundaries’. His contribution to the Society as well as Australian anthropology and archaeology are commemorated in our ongoing lecture series.

The details of the next Annual Norman Tindale Memorial Lecture are listed below:

Who: Professor Matthew Spriggs (Australian National University)
When: 6 March 2018 (6-8pm)
Where: Flinders in the City (Victoria Square)

Contact for more information and to RSVP: catherine.bland@flinders.edu.au