Catherine Berndt

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Catherine Helen Berndt, née Webb (8 May 1918 – 12 May 1994), born in Auckland, was an Australian anthropologist. She published valuable monographs on Aboriginal Australia, including Changing ceremonies in Northern Australia (1950).[1]

With her husband Ronald Berndt, she collected lots of art works in Australia and Asia. The collection is conserved in the Berndt Museum of Anthropology, founded by the couple in 1976 (University of Western Australia).

As a couple, they published monographs including The Aboriginal Australians: The First Pioneers and Arnhem Land: Its history and its people.[2]

The joint publications went into multiple editions, with their main titles being revised regularly.[3]

She died four years after her husband [4][5]


  1. ^ "The Berndt Museum". The University of Western Australia Berndt Museum of Anthropology. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  2. ^ See the article about Ronald Berndt - and 'joint publications' section
  3. ^ Sutton, Peter John (2001), Ronald and Catherine Berndt: An appreciation, Carfax, retrieved 7 July 2014 
  4. ^ White, Isobel (1994-09-01), "Catherine Helen Berndt. (Obituary)", Oceania, University of Sydney, 65 (1): 1, ISSN 0029-8077 
  5. ^ Stanton, John (1994), "Catherine Helen Berndt, 1918/1994. [Obituary]", Australian Aboriginal Studies (Canberra) (1): 93–96, ISSN 0729-4352 

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