Bates, Daisy May (AA 23)

Daisy Bates

Born: 1859
Died: 18 April 1951

Daisy Bates, a journalist and self-trained anthropologist, worked extensively with Australian Aboriginal people in Western Australia and South Australia from the 1890s to the 1930s. She recorded information on Australian Aboriginal customs, mythology, language and lifestyle. From 1919 to 1934 Daisy Bates lived at Ooldea, a siding on the Trans-Australian Railway in South Australia. During this time she recorded much valuable data on the Australian Aboriginal people of the Nullarbor Plain and Great Victoria Desert.

The South Australian Museum Archives contains correspondence, ethnographic and linguistic data and photographs.