'A triune anthropolgist appears'?: Gerhardt Laves, Ralph Piddington and Majorie Piddington, La Grange Bay, 1930

Gray, Geoffrey (2006) 'A triune anthropolgist appears'?: Gerhardt Laves, Ralph Piddington and Majorie Piddington, La Grange Bay, 1930. Australian Aboriginal Studies, 1: 23-35.

Author Gray, Geoffrey
Title 'A triune anthropolgist appears'?: Gerhardt Laves, Ralph Piddington and Majorie Piddington, La Grange Bay, 1930
Journal name Australian Aboriginal Studies
ISSN 0729-4352
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
Issue 1
Start page 23
End page 35
Total pages 13
Place of publication Canberra, A.C.T., Australia
Publisher Aboriginal Studies Press
Language eng
Abstract In April 1930 Ralph O'Reilly Piddington, his new wife Marjorie (nee Barnes), and the American linguist Gerhardt Laves left Sydney for their first fieldwork in north-western Western Australia. Piddington had recently completed his bachelors degree in psychology and anthropology, Marjorie had suspended her studies. Laves, from Chicago University and a student of the famed North American linguist Edward Sapir, had been especially recruited by AR Radcliffe-Brown, the Foundation Professor of Anthropology in the University of Sydney. Their destination was La Grange, at that point well known to anthropologists from Sydney, both A P Elkin and the racial psychologist S D Porteus having worked there. The trip to Perth was via the transcontinental rail line and then by boat and truck. It was a journey not only to find a niche in the new discipline of social anthropology but also to possibly make a career, in linguistics for Laves, and psychology and social anthropology for Ralph Piddington. It is unclear what scholarly ambitions Marjorie harboured at the time. It was a journey that established and directed their future careers, although at the time they were joyfully unaware of the consequences, both professionally and personally, of this expedition.
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Institutional Status Non-UQ

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