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 members of the Society such as Norman Tindale, Charles Mountford, Frederic Wood Jones, Thomas Campbell and Robert Pulleine were amongst the pioneers in the study of anthropology and archaeology in this country..


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. These lectures are usually held in the Armoury Building at the South Australian Museum.

The Society conducts occasional surveys of and field trips to Aboriginal sites (in conjunction with Aboriginal communities) and members are invited to participate. In recent years the Society has been involved in site-recording programs on the Fleurieu Peninsula, Mount Lofty Ranges and on the River Murray.

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




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