Aldo Massola

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Aldo Massola (September 9, 1910 – July 6, 1975) was an Italian-Australian anthropologist, a curator at the National Museum of Victoria in Melbourne from 1954 to 1964, who overcame scandal in his personal life to author a number of influential books about Victoria's indigenous Koori population.[1]

Born in Rome, Italy, he emigrated with his family to Melbourne in 1923.

Although his work has been superseded and updated, he remains important because of his pioneering studies in the field. His published books include: Bunjil's Cave: Myths, Legends and Superstitions of the Aborigines of South-East Australia (1968); Journey to Aboriginal Victoria (1970); Aboriginal Mission Stations in Victoria (1970) and The Aborigines of south-eastern Australia As They Were (1971).


  1. ^ Mulvaney, D. J., "Massola, Aldo Giuseppe (1910–1975)", Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University, retrieved 15 February 2013.

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