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The Expedition Photographs of Herbert Basedow 1903–1928

A Different Time: The Expedition Photographs of Herbert Basedow 1903–1928 drew on the National Museum of Australia's rich collection of Basedow's photographic work. Imagine life in a different time with Herbert Basedow's photographs of early 20th-century expeditions into central and northern Australia.

Herbert Basedow — anthropologist, geologist, scientist, explorer and medical practitioner — was a remarkable Australian. He was renowned for the breadth of his work across central and northern Australia in the early decades of the 20th century. His extensive knowledge of the country and his opinions were highly valued by scientists, politicians and businessmen of his era.

Part of his great legacy is the National Museum of Australia's collection of more than 2200 negatives created during his many expeditions in remote Australia. His photographs reveal his diverse interests and provide poignant reflections of expeditionary and frontier life — a window into a different time.

Expeditions

About the exhibition Discover how the exhibition showcased photographs and objects, as well as the technology of Basedow’s photography and his work as a scientist.
Behind the scenes Go behind the scenes to learn how curators chose and prepared photographs for the exhibition.
Collection history Learn how Basedow’s photographs became part of the National Historical Collection, housed at the National Museum of Australia.
Herbert Basedow Explore the remarkable story of Herbert Basedow — anthropologist, geologist, scientist, explorer and medical practitioner.
Fellow adventurer Hear from Frank Feast who accompanied Basedow on four expeditions in central and northern Australia in the 1920s.
Further reading Explore all of Basedow’s known academic works, as well as a selection of newspaper and magazine) articles and books by other authors.

A Different Time made its debut in Canberra on 11 July and ran until 12 October 2008. It was also on show in Queensland at the Qantas Founders Museum Longreach from 15 August to 4 December 2011, in South Australia at the South Australian Museum from 11 May to 24 June 2012 and in New South Wales at the Liverpool Regional Museum from 6 April to 13 July 2013.

This exhibition was part of the Vivid – National Photography Festival 2008.

Banner photo: Herbert Basedow, reproduced from glass plate negative, National Museum of Australia

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