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08. Bob Miller
Title : 08. Bob Miller 08. Bob Miller
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Creator : Mountford, Charles P. (Charles Pearcy), 1890-1976, photographer
Source : PRG 1218/34/2848
Date of creation : 1948
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 60 x 60 mm
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Description :

Portrait of Dr Robert (Bob) Miller, Ichthyologist on the 1948 American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land. Dr Miller worked as Associate Curator of Fishes with the Smithsonian Institution. Mountford took this portrait at Oenpelli.

Over 30,000 fish specimens were collected for Miller's work during the expedition. Most of the fish were collected at the Yirrkala, where Miller was camped about 200 metres from the coral reefs. Of the specimens collected, about 200 different species were identified, many new to science.

Dr Miller used nets, spears and specially prepared mixtures poured into the water to capture and collect the fish. He employed a number of Aboriginal helpers who wondered at his need to collect small inedible fish as well as the good eating fish.

Related names :

Miller, Robert Rush, 1916-2003

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, Melbourne : Melbourne University Press, 1956-1964.

Lamshed, Max, 'Monty' : the biography of C.P. Mountford, [Adelaide] : Rigby, 1972

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.44



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