Mountford Collection

Charles Pearcy ('Monty') Mountford (1890-1976)




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More than 1000 Aboriginal artefacts collected by C.P. Mountford, includes collections made during the 1948 American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land, and Mountford's 1952

Collection's strengths: bark paintings, crayon drawings, wooden sculptures

S.A. Museum; State Library of South Australia

Restricted access to secret sacred objects and photographs, journals

See Mountford C.P. 1956 Records of the American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land Vol.1: Art, Myth and Symbolism, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne; and Mountford, C.P. 1958. The Tiwi. Their Art, Myth and Ceremony Phoenix House, London.. Further information in specimen documentation files, S.A. Museum, and in the Mountford-Sheard Collection, State Library of South Australia. See also M. Lamshed Monty (Adelaide, 1972) and Philip Jones, 'Mountford, Charles Pearcy (1890 - 1976)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 15, Melbourne University Press, 2000, pp 431-433. Associated archival component held in the SAM Archives collections; includes a large selection of Aboriginal crayon drawings. Entry in Australian Dictionary of Biography Online:


1948 American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land; Aboriginal material culture; Axe; Bag; Bags; Basket; Boomerang; C.P. Mountford; Ceremonial objects; Club; Container; Cordage; Drawing; Fire-making; Food; Knife; Material; Medical; Message; Mid-20th century; Musical instrument; Narcotic; Ornament; Painting; Pigment; Plume; Shield; Sorcery; Spear; Spear-thrower; Tools; Toy

Aboriginal artefacts; Aboriginal culture; Aboriginal peoples (Australians); Expeditions; Geography & travel

Aboriginal peoples; Artefacts; Bark painting; Crayon drawing; Exploration; Sculpture

Anthropological specimens; Bark paintings; Ceremonial objects; Drawings; Ornaments; Sculptures; Tools; Weapons

Charles Pearcy (Monty) Mountford

Coverage Spatial

Warburton Range (W.A.); Northern Territory; Western Australia; South Australia; Northern Australia; Central Australia; Milingimbi; Groote Eylandt; Yirrkalla; Oenpelli; Melville Island; Arnhem Land; Nepabunna

Coverage Temporal



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