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09. Margaret McArthur, scientist
Title : 09. Margaret McArthur, scientist 09. Margaret McArthur, scientist
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Creator : Mountford, Charles P. (Charles Pearcy), 1890-1976, photographer
Source : PRG 1218/34/3981
Date of creation : 1948
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 60 X 60 mm
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Portrait of Margaret McArthur, Nutritionist with the 1948 American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land.


The Institute of Anatomy, Canberra, attached a nutritional unit to the expedition to study Aboriginal health and nutrition. Margaret McArthur, M.Sc. the only female scientist on the expedition, was part of this Unit as Nutritionist. The AASEAL Expedition was McArthur's first major Australian field work.
McArthur would often work remotely and alone, gathering information about the little-know dietary requirements and food gathering practices of the Aboriginal people visited during the Expedition. Her work involved weighing and measuring people's food intake and also judging the state of their nutrition, using food gathered by the women, such as yams, seeds and fruits, and wallaby and fish brought to camp by the men. McArthur also used the opportunity to observe domestic life and recorded the way the children learned and imitated the techniques of their parents to locate and prepare the food.
Subjects
Related names :

McArthur, Margaret, 1919-2002

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land, (1948)

Coverage year : 1948
Period : 1946-1979
Place : Arnhem Land
Region : Northern Territory
Further reading :

McArthur, M. (ed.). 1960a Report of the Nutrition Unit, Records of the American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (Volume 2). Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, pp.1-13.

McArthur, M. 1960b Food consumption and dietary levels of the Aborigines at the settlements, Records of the American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (Volume 2), Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, pp.14-26.

McArthur, M. 1960c Food consumption and dietary levels of groups of Aborigines living on naturally occurring foods, Records of the American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (Volume 2). Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, pp.90-135.

Reports of Staff, Expedition to Arnhem Land, 1948, Mountford-Sheard Collection PRG 1218/17/17.

Simpson, Colin, Adam in ochre : inside Aboriginal Australia, 5th ed, Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1962, pp.53-55.

Specht, Ray L. , 2002, Margaret McArthur Oliver: 1919-2002, Australian Aboriginal Studies; Issue 2; 122-124.
Internet links :
The University of Melbourne McArthur Fellowship is a bequest which supports postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities and social sciences.

The papers of Margaret McArthur are held by the University of Sydney Archives, reference P205.

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