|Mask of turtle shell plates made by Torres Strait Islander and described by A. C. Haddon|
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The Torres Strait Islanders are a Melanesian people distinct from the Aborigines of mainland Australia. Haddon collected their artefacts avidly -- convinced that their culture would soon be repressed by zealous missionaries. I had an opportunity to view some of these artefacts on a recent visit to the Queensland Museum in Brisbane. Haddon donated also to the British Museum, but the bulk of his Collection is now in the Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology at Cambridge University.
|Alfred Cort Haddon (1855-1940)|
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|Cambridge University Press 1924 (Second and Revised Edition)|