Fry, Dr Henry Kenneth (AA 105)

Dr Henry Kenneth Fry

Born: 25 May 1886, Adelaide, South Australia
Died: 22 July 1959, Adelaide, South Australia

Dr Henry Kenneth Fry, anthropologist, medical practitioner and one of the founding members of the Board for Anthropological Research (BAR, AA 346) was born in Adelaide in 1886. Fry studied at the University of Adelaide and at the Balliol College, Oxford and in 1913 he suceeded Herbert Basedow (AA 22) as Chief Medical Inspector of the Australian Aboriginal people. From 1929 to 1937, Fry accompanied the BAR on many of the expeditions to Central Australia collecting psychological and anthropological data which he later published from the 1940s until 1959, the year of his death. From the data collected during the BAR expeditions and from further research, Fry developed a system of documenting the social organisation of the Australian Aboriginal people which was titled as the Fry Frameworks by Dr Norman Barnett Tindale (AA 338).

The South Australian Museum Archives contains journals, notebooks, social organisation, correspondence, tests, drawing, sound recordings, sketch book, publications and research data and papers.

The records relating to the Board for Anthropological Research in the Dr Henry Kenneth Fry collection was inscribed onto the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register in 2015.