Hedley Takes a Holiday: Collections from Kanak People in the Australian Museum

  • Jude Philp
Part of the One World Archaeology book series (WORLDARCH)


The Australian Museum holds over 1,000 cultural objects from New Caledonia. A quarter of the collection was obtained by a Museum zoologist, Charles Hedley, who visited La Grande Terre on his holidays late in 1897. He collected ethnographic and zoological specimens and organized an exchange of objects with the then Colonial Museum of Noumea. This chapter investigates the historical background to this exchange and the circumstances under which heritage and zoology were given equivalent values and objects and specimens literally swapped.


Nineteenth Century Material Culture Exchange Relationship Australian Museum Exchange Schedule 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Macleay Museum, University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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