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13. Ray Specht
Title : 13. Ray Specht 13. Ray Specht
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Creator : Mountford, Charles P. (Charles Pearcy), 1890-1976, photographer
Source : PRG 1218/34/2850
Date of creation : 1948
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 60 X 60
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Description :

Portrait of Ray Specht, taken at Oenpelli on the 1948 American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land. Ray Specht joined the Expedition as Botanist, from the Department of Botany, University of Adelaide.

As a result of the expedition, Specht collected many thousands of plant specimens from the main camps and also the outlying islands, which he wrapped in old newspapers brought with him from Adelaide. Specht also obtained the Aboriginal names and pharmaceutical uses of the plants he collected.
Related names :

Specht, Raymond Louis, 1924-

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


Coverage year : 1948
Place : Arnhem Land
Region : Northern Territory
Further reading :
American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land, (1948). Records of the American-Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land, Volume 3, Botany and plant ecology, Melbourne : Melbourne University Press, 1956-1964.

Simpson, Colin, Adam in ochre : inside Aboriginal Australia, 5th ed, Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1962, pp.43.

Specht, R.L., Report on Botanical and Ecological work, Reports of Staff, Expedition to Arnhem Land, 1948, Mountford-Sheard Collection PRG 1218/17/17.

Internet links :
Specht, Raymond Louis, 1924 - biographical entry on the Univesrity of Melbourne's Bright Sparcs website.

Ray Specht interviewed in 2006 by Martin Thomas & Sally K. May, located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 5662



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