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Lindy   Allen

Research Fellow
Indigenous Studies, Anthropology
Museums Victoria (Australia)

Lindy Allen is an independent scholar, researcher, & valuer of Australian Indigenous cultural heritage collections & art. I am University of Melbourne Honorary Fellow, Research Associate at Museums Victoria (MV), & AAS Fellow, & Fryer Fellow at University of Queensland (UQ) Library in 2019. I held curatorial roles at MV (1989-2018), primarily as Senior Curator (Anthropology-Northern Australia), & UQ Anthropology Museum (1978-89), as curator/collection manager of Australian & Pacific collections. My focus is on detailed museum collection-, object- & field-based research in close collaboration with Indigenous scholars & communities. I am Partner Investigator on the Australian Research Council Linkage Project 'How Meston’s “Wild Australia Show” Shaped Australian Aboriginal History'; organised the Milingimbi Makaratta Forum (2016) in association with ARC Linkage Project, 'The Legacy of 50 Years Collecting at Milingimbi'; curated 30+ major exhibitions; co-edited the volume, "The Makers and Making of Indigenous Australian Museum Collections", & published numerous book chapters, journal articles & exhibition catalogue entries & essays. My broader research focus is on material culture & photographic collections; institutional & collection histories; history of Indigenous art; Indigenous agency & representation in museums, collections & collecting; &, most recently, distribution to & use of glass beads by Indigenous peoples of the western Pacific (2019 Rakow Grant for glass research).

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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