Herbert Basedow Collection
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 - a small selection are shown here.

Basedow's photographs reveal his diverse interests and provide poignant reflections of expeditionary and frontier life - a window into a different time.

Learn more about the Herbert Basedow collection and the exhibition

Warning: This collection contains some images of nudity and people in distressing circumstances. Visitors should also be aware that the collection include names and images of deceased people that may cause sadness or distress to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
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