Museum Exhibition Gallery, 1978 [P289]
The History of the Museum
Berndt Museum of Anthropology was formally established in 1976 by the University of Western Australia. It holds one of Australia's finest collections of Australian Aboriginal of contemporary and historical art and cultural materials, as well as Asian and Melanesian collections.
Its Mission is:
Museum Exhibition Gallery, 2008 [P32755]
Its Vision is:
Initially known as the Anthropology Research Museum, it was renamed the Berndt Museum of Anthropology in 1992. The change of name was to honour the Museum's founders and principal benefactors, Ronald M. and Catherine H. Berndt. The Museum administers the Professor Ronald M. and Dr Catherine H. Berndt Research Foundation that promotes research in the field of Aboriginal Australia.
The core collections were obtained by Ronald M. and Catherine H. Berndt during almost fifty years of fieldwork in many areas of Australia, as well as New Guinea.
These have been augmented by materials assembled by staff, graduate students and other associates of the Discipline of of Anthropology and Sociology, as well as through purchases and donations under the federal Cultural Gifts Program.
Museum Opening, 22nd February 1979.
Official party, left to right: Mr John Stanton, Acting Curator John Stanton; Professor Ronald Berndt,
Chair Anthropology Research Museum Board of Management; Mr David Mowaljarli, Mowajum
Community, Kimberley; Mr Wandjuk Marika, Yirrkala NT; Mr Jack Davis, Nyungar community,
Perth; [not visible] Mr Ken Colbung, Nyungar community, Perth; Mr Robert Edwards, Director
Aboriginal Arts Board of the Australia Coluncil. [P751]