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Norman Barnett Tindale Norman Barnett Tindale i(A20378 works by) (a.k.a. Norman B. Tindale)
Born: Established: 12 Oct 1900 Perth, Western Australia, ; Died: Ceased: 19 Nov 1993 California,
United States of America (USA),

Gender: Male
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Anthropologist Norman Barnett Tindale was educated at Tokyo Grammar School and Adelaide University. He held a cadetship for a year at the Adelaide Public Library before being appointed assistant entomologist at the South Australian Museum (1917). He carried out work with the Pitjantjatjara in the 1930s and studied territorial boundaries in the Groote Eylandt and Roper River areas of the Northern Territory. He published over 200 papers on diverse subjects in anthropology and linguistics. During World War II he was an intelligence officer at the Pentagon and then taught at Colorado University from 1965. In 1967 he was awarded DSC (Honoris causa) by the University of Colorado.

With Harold A Lindsay, he wrote three children's books on early migrations to Australia and New Zealand. The first in this series, The Walkabout (1954), won the Book of the Year Award of the Children's Book Council. Tindale also co-authored the non-fiction Aboriginal Australians (1963) for children with H. A. Lindsay (q.v.), and The Australian Aborigines (1971) with Beryl George.

Most Referenced Works


  • Four songs sung by Milerum (Clarence Long), of the Ngarrindjeri people of the mouth of the River Murray and Coorong of South Australia, were recorded by Norman Tindale in 1932 on Edison wax cylinders, and have since been included in a ten minute work for strings and oboe by Becky Llewellyn.

  • For information about this author's works for children not included in AustLit, see Australian Children's Books by Marcie Muir and Kerry White (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1992-2004).

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Rangatira (The High Born) Adelaide : Rigby , 1959 Z160997 1959 single work novel young adult
1960 commended CBCA Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year Award
y separately published work icon The First Walkabout London Melbourne : Longmans, Green , 1954 Z318077 1954 single work children's fiction adventure children's fantasy A children's book based on an imagined 'lost civilisation' in early Australia. Norman Tindale was an ethnologist at the South Australian Museum, which led to early reviews claiming (inaccurately) that the work had scientific accuracy.
1955 winner CBCA Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year Award

Known archival holdings

South Australian Museum - Anthropology Archives (SA)
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies AIATSIS Library (ACT)
Edith Cowan University - University Archives (WA)
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