From the Frontier: Outback Letters to Baldwin Spencer

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"From 1894 to 1925, Cowle and Byrne wrote letters to pioneering anthropologist and biologist Baldwin Spencer, whom they had met during the 1894 Horn Scientific Expedition to central Australia. Neither expected their letters to be read by any person other than Spencer, and both made observations which they would never voice to each other. Yet through their letters, and the Spencer and Gillen books, they became linked to such giants of intellectual history as James Frazer, Emile Durkheim and Sigmund Freud. And both became figures on the frontier of discovery, looking at human experience in all its diversity.".

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About the author (2000)

JOHN MULVANEY is the founder of Australian archaeology, a frequent media commentator on current issues and the only living Australian public intellectual to have had a book entirely devoted to his work. After 40 years of university teaching and advising governments, he remains a highly respected yet controversial activist. He is the co-author of Prehistory of Australia.

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