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02. Dr. Grenfell Price to lead Leichhardt trip
Title : 02. Dr. Grenfell Price to lead Leichhardt trip 02. Dr. Grenfell Price to lead Leichhardt trip
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Source : Mountford, Charles P., PRG 1218/9/1
Date of creation : 1938
Format : Diary
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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From the Mail, 6 August 1938.

Announcement of the leader, and members of a South Australian Government expedition party sent to the Simpson Desert to search for possible remains of explorer Ludwig Leichhardt.

The article lists potential members of the expedition party; Dr Grenfell Price, AD Smith, CP Mountford, AC Kinnear and Frank J Fenner, providing a brief overview of their qualifications.

Whilst only 23, Fenner was, according to Grenfell Price, "one of the ablest medical anthropologists in Australia" and had "more experience on native skulls than anyone else in the Commonwealth." It was to be his role to ascertain whether the skeletons found by Mount Dare Station owner Edwin Lowe were European or Aboriginal.

A medical student, Fenner first gained an interest in anthropology through Dr. TD Campbell, and he accompanied the University of Adelaide's Board for Anthropological Research on three expeditions during the 1930s.

Fittingly, it was Campbell who replaced Fenner when he was unable to take part in this expedition - having cracked his kneecap in a hockey match only days before its departure!

Fenner went on to a distinguished career in virology and at the age of 95 is an Emeritus Professor at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University.

Related names :

Fenner, Frank
Kinnear, A. C.
Mountford, Charles P. (Charles Pearcy), 1890-1976
Price, A. Grenfell (Archibald Grenfell), 1892-1977
Smith, Arthur Dickinson

Coverage year : 1938
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :
Connell, Gordon. The mystery of Ludwig Leichhardt. Carlton, Vic. : Melbourne University Press, 1980

Kerr, Colin. Archie, the biography of Sir Archibald Grenfell Price, Melbourne : Macmillan, 1983

Lamshed, Max. 'Monty' : the biography of C.P. Mountford, Adelaide : Rigby, 1972, pp. 56-60

Mountford, Charles P. 'Papers relating to the South Australian Government Expedition to search for the remains of explorer Ludwig Leichhardt', PRG 1218/9

Price, A. Grenfell. The Mystery of Leichhardt : the South Australian government expedition of 1938, South Australia : Royal Geographical Society, 1937-38

Roderick, Colin. Leichhardt, the dauntless explorer, North Ryde, N.S.W. : Angus & Robertson, 1988
Internet links :
Australian Dictionary of Biography - Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt

Australian Dictionary of Biography - Sir Archibald Grenfell Price

The John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University - Emeritus Professor Frank Fenner

National Museum of Australia. Leichhardt: the man, the mystery, the science, the history [symposium held in 2007]



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