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Lindy   Allen

Research Fellow
Indigenous Studies, Anthropology
Museums Victoria (Australia)

Independent scholar, researcher, curator, valuer of Australian Indigenous cultural heritage collections & art, & undertake consultancy work incl. community engagement, repatriation, provenance research, museum development, significance assessments, etc. University of Melbourne Honorary Fellow, Research Associate at Museums Victoria, Listed Provider under Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protector Act 1984, & Expert Examiner for Protection of Cultural Heritage Act 1987. Over 40 years curatorial experience: Museums Victoria (1989-2018), University of Queensland's Anthropology Museum (1978-1989). Museum & field based research on material culture, collections & collecting (including with Indigenous scholars & communities). Partner Investigator on Australian Research Council Linkage Projects 'How Meston’s "Wild Australia Show" Shaped Australian Aboriginal History' & 'The Legacy of 50 Years Collecting at Milingimbi'; initiated the Milingimbi Makaratta Forum in 2016; curated 30+ major exhibitions; co-edited "The Makers and Making of Indigenous Australian Museum Collections" & "The Photographs of Baldwin Spencer" (MUP); published numerous book chapters, journal articles, essays/entries in exhibition catalogues. Broader research focus on visual anthropology; institutional & other collection histories; history of Indigenous art; Indigenous agency & representation in museums, collections & collecting; history, distribution & use of glass beads by Indigenous Australians.
Member of
Australian Anthropological Society (AAS)
European Society for Oceanists (ESfO)
Geographic administrative areas
Geographic places
Australia (area)
Historical periods
The Colonial time
20th century
21st century
Precolonial Australia
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