Thesis Copy "The Jaws and Dentition of the Tasmanian Aborigines" by William Adam B.D.Sc.and a number of photographs

William Adam (b.1894, d.1973)
Circa 1940
Folder of notes, transcripts, film negatives, photographs.

Part of a collection of objects from Dr. William Adam, relating to his thesis for the degree of D.D Sc in 1940, in which his research on detentions measured jaws and teeth of 56 Tasmanian Aboriginal skulls.

For the study, a device for measuring angles of the mandible was constructed by the researcher, (HFA867) modelled after an apparatus from the Galton Laboratory at University College London, the epicentre of 20th century eugenics research.

In 1943 Adams published a paper, 'The Keilor fossil skull; palate and upper dental arch' in which he references the recordings in his thesis, it was published in Memoirs of the National Museum, Melbourne, 1943.

William Adam D.DSc (1894-1973) graduated from the University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Dental Science in 1915. He was President of the Victorian branch of the Australian Dental Association in 1934, and received a Doctor of Dental Science, University of Melbourne and Honorary dental staff member, Alfred Hospital, 1946.
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Object detail

Circa 1940
card, paper, cellulose acetate, photographic paper
30.5 x 22.5 x 1.0 cm (folder)
Accession Number
Credit Line
Gift of Dr.William Adam, 1980
Object Type
photographic medium/negatives
Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum Category


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