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.


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

Every year the society hosts the Annual Norman Tindale Memorial Lecture. 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: Dr Pam McGrath (AIATSIS)
When: August 2016

*Further details to be forthcoming.

The Society also produces an annual journal (Journal of the Anthropological Society of South Australia), which serves as a forum for the discussion of topics of interest to members.

Click HERE for more information on the Society's publications.