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A Different Time: The Expedition Photographs of Herbert Basedow 1903–1928 is a snapshot of frontier life in Australia in the early 20th century.

A Different Time draws on the National Museum's rich collection of photographs of expeditions in central and northern Australia, captured by anthropologist, geologist and explorer Herbert Basedow. The exhibition was on show at the National Museum of Australia from 11 July to 12 October 2008.

This exhibition includes names and images of deceased people that may cause sadness or distress to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

More on Basedow and his expeditions

Herbert Basedow Explore the remarkable story of Herbert Basedow – anthropologist, geologist, scientist, explorer and medical practitioner.
Fellow adventurer Frank Feast Hear from Frank Feast who accompanied Basedow on four expeditions in central and northern Australia in the 1920s.
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.
Basedow collection history Learn how Basedow’s photographs became part of the National Historical Collection, housed at the National Museum of Australia.
Behind the scenes Go behind the scenes to learn how curators chose and prepared photographs for the exhibition.
Further reading on Herbert Basedow 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: The Expedition Photographs of Herbert Basedow was also on show at:

  • Liverpool Regional Museum, New South Wales, 6 April to 13 July 2013
  • South Australian Museum, South Australia, 11 May to 24 June 2012
  • Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach, Queensland, 15 August to 4 December 2011
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