Series 545 - Michael Monsell-Davis journals, diaries, fieldnotes and research files on the Roro

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Michael Monsell-Davis journals, diaries, fieldnotes and research files on the Roro


  • 1965 - 2000 (Creation)

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1.1 metres (6 Type 1 and 1 Type 2 boxes)

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(16 Jan 1941 - 20 Jan 2013)

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Michael Monsell Davis, BA (Hons), PhD Macquarie University, was a social anthropologist, ethnographer and author, with connections to the University of Papua New Guinea and the University of the South Pacific, Fiji. Davis spent many years observing and recording historical and ethnographic data about the people living in the coastal villages opposite Yule Island, Papua New Guinea, His research interests included language, crime and the law, distance education, religion, witchcraft and totemism, AIDS/HIV, politics and government. Davis also studied the language and genealogies of the Roro speaking people of the Central Province region of Kairuku-Hiri and in the coastal villages of Nabuapaka and Bereina. His diaries were consulted by Australian author, Drusilla Modjeska, whose writings reflect his observations, particularly in her book, The Mountain (2012).

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The collection includes significant language and genealogical data. The records include research files, letters, journals and diaries compiled by Davis while working as a social anthropologist in Papua New Guinea :-
Items 1 - 59 - Journals (1965 - 2000)
Items 60 - 111 - Research Files
Items 112 - 115 - Publications


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Prepared by Christine Bryan on 21 June 2013




Sydney Morning Herald obituary 22 January 2013

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