Hackett, Cecil John (AA 122)

Cecil John Hackett

Born: 25 April 1905, Norwood, South Australia
Died: April 1995, London, United Kingdom

Dr Cecil John Hackett MBS, was a member of the University of Adelaide’s first anthropological trip to Central Australia in 1927. In 1933 he was invited to accompany Norman Barnett Tindale (AA 338) on a two-month expedition to the Mann and Musgrave Ranges where they documented the movements and social structure of the Pitjantjatjara people. In 1934 he recieved a grant from the Sheridan Research Fund from the University of Adelaide to revisit Central Australia.

In 1940 Hackett joined the Royal Australian Air Force in Uganda and served in Sierra Leone, India and Burma. He was appointed Director of the Wellcome Museum of Medical Science in 1945. Invited to join the World Health Organisation in Geneva in 1954 he became a medical officer in the Veneral Diseases and Treponematoses Section.

The South Australian Museum Archives contains correspondence and photographs.

The records relating to the Board for Anthropological Research in the Cecil John Hackett collection was inscribed onto the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register in 2015.