Adam, Leonhard (1891-)

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Adam, Leonhard (1891-1960)
Field of activity
Anthropologist; Lawyer; Ethnologist; Academic; Curator; Academics - Anthropology
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Leonhard Adam (1891-1960), anthropologist and lawyer, was born on 16 December 1891 in Berlin, son of Meinhardt Michael Adam and his wife Katharina Clare Rosa, née Schmidt. Part Jewish in extraction,...

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Leonhard Adam fled Nazi Germany in 1938, as was one of the 2,500 Jewish refugees labelled 'enemy aliens' who were sent from England to Australia aboard the . Adam was released from refugee internment at Tatura to take part in an ethnographic project with Professor Max Crawford at the University of Melbourne and went on to the position of scholar (1943-1947), lecturer (1947-1956) and part-time curator of the ethnographic collection (1958-1960). His dedication to the improvement of the ethnological collection at the University led to its renaming as the Leonhard Adam Ethnological Collection.

  • Education - Bachelor's Degree in Ethnology, Universities of Berlin and Griefswald
  • Education - Degree in Practising Law, Berlin University
  • Career position - Editor of
  • Career position - Lecturer in ethnological jurisprudence and primitive law at the Institute of Foreign Laws, Berlin
  • Life event - Nazi law disallowed him from practising in his field.
  • Career position - Member of the board of experts of the Ethnographical Museum, Berlin
  • Life event - Transported to Australia by the British Government as an 'enemy alien' aboard the
  • Life event - Interned at refugee camp, Tatura, Victoria
  • Career position - Collaborated with Prof. Max Crawford on Aboriginal uses of stone.
  • Career position - Scholar, University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Lecturer in anthropology, University of Melbourne
  • Life event - Naturalised as Australian Citizen
  • Award - Awarded a doctorate from the University of Bonn, Germany
  • Career position - Part-time Curator of the Ethnographic Collection, University of Melbourne

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Adam was born in 1891 in Berlin. He became a district judge, but being part Jewish he sought refuge in London, teaching at the University of London. He published "Primitive Art" in 1940. Interned as an enemy alien on 16 May 1940, he was shipped to Australia on the "Dunera" and became Pro-rector of the "Collegium Taturense" at the Tatura Internment Camp. Released on parole on 29 May 1942, he taught Primitive Art and Anthropology in the University of Melbourne History Department, 1943-1960, and built up an ethnological collection. He died suddenly of heart disease in Bonn in 1960.

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Adam was born in 1891 in Berlin. He became a district judge, but being part Jewish he sought refuge in London, teaching at the University of London. He published "Primitive Art" in 1940. Interned as an enemy alien on 16 May 1940, he was shipped to Australia on the "Dunera" and became Pro-rector of the "Collegium Taturense" at the Tatura Internment Camp. Released on parole on 29 May 1942, he taught Primitive Art and Anthropology in the University of Melbourne History Department, 1943-1960, and built up an ethnological collection. He died suddenly of heart disease in Bonn in 1960.

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Adam, Leonhard
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Adam, Leonhard (1891-1970), Anthropologist and Lawyer
    Dening, Greg
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1993
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 13, 8-9

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  1. [Leonhard Adam : Australian Art and Artists file]
    Adam, Leonhard, 1891-1960
    [ Published : 2008 ]
    At State Library VIC
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  2. Warfare in Melanesia : the Leonhard Adam Ethnological Collection, part two / [by] D. Wayne Orchiston
    Orchiston, D. Wayne
    [ Book : 1975 ]
    At 18 libraries
    Warfare in Melanesia : the Leonhard Adam Ethnological Collection, part two / [by] D. Wayne Orchiston
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  3. Waranga Basin, Goulburn Valley, Victoria
    Adam, Leonhard, 1891-1960
    [ Art work : 1941 ]
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    At State Library VIC
    Waranga Basin, Goulburn Valley, Victoria
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  4. Buddhastatuen : ursprung und formen der Buddhagestalt / von dr. Leonhard Adam; mit 1 titelbild, 52 photographien auf 48 tafeln und 20 abbildungen im text
    Adam, Leonhard, 1891-1960
    [ Book : 1925 ]
    Languages: German
    At 2 libraries
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  5. Anthropomorphe Darstellungen auf australischen Ritualger©Þten / von Leonhard Adam
    Adam, Leonhard, 1891-1960
    [ Thesis : 1958 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  6. Anthropomorphe Darstellungen auf australischen Ritualgeräten / von Leonhard Adam
    Adam, Leonhard, 1891-1960
    [ Book : 1957-1958 ]
    Languages: German
    At 3 libraries
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  7. Aboriginal bark paintings from Groote Eylandt
    Adam, Leonhard, 1891-1960
    [ Book : 1950 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  8. The rock paintings near Glen Isla, Victoria Range, Victoria
    Adam, Leonhard, 1891-1960
    [ Book : 1952 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  9. Hochasiatische Kunst / von Leonhard Adam
    Adam, Leonhard, 1891-1960
    [ Book : 1923 ]
    Languages: German
    At 2 libraries
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  10. Primitive art / Leonard Adam
    Adam, Leonhard, 1891-1960
    [ Book : 1949 ]
    At 6 libraries
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  1. Ian Potter Gallery
    ... ; Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack Collection; Leonhard Adam Collection of International Indigenous Culture ...
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  2. Ian Potter Museum of Art
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  1. LIST OF CLERGYMEN REGISTERED TO CELEBRATE MARRIAGES WITHIN THE TERRITORY OF NEW GUINEA.
    Territory of Papua-New Guinea Government Gazette (1945 - 1949) Wednesday 4 June 1947 [Issue No.16] p 122

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    ... Much, Joseph Muller, Adam McConville, James McGuire, Francis Nowak, Richard O Meara, James O Sullivan ... Schaefer, Alfons Schafer, Ivo ' Schank, Pierre | Schenker, Arthur , Scherle, Fred Adam I Schlieker, Joseph ... 445 words
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  2. LIST OF CLERGYMEN REGISTERED TO CELEBRATE MARRIAGES WITHIN THE TERRITORY OF NEW GUINEA.
    Territory of Papua and New Guinea Government Gazette (1949 - 1971) Monday 6 February 1950 [Issue No.4] p 49

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    ... Goetzelmann, Johann Leonhard Goldhardt, Ralph Edward Denomination. Roman Catholic Methodist Roman Catholic ... Martin, John Edward Mayrhofer, John Mertens, Bernard i Metzner, Adam Meyer, Cornelius Mihahc, Francis ... 893 words
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  3. LIST OF CLERGYMEN REGISTERED TO CELEBRATE MARRIAGES WITHIN THE TERRITORY OF NEW GUINEA.
    Territory of Papua and New Guinea Government Gazette (1949 - 1971) Thursday 1 March 1951 [Issue No.13] p 86

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    ... Thornton Goetzelmann, Johann Leonhard Goldhardt, Ralph Edward Gray, Kenneth John Green, Jack Grosser, Bert ... Thomas Mager, John Frederick Maher, George Manovaki Mayrhofer, John Mertens, Bernard Metznei Adam Meyer ... 986 words
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  1. Today's Book Guide "Primitive Art" by Leonhard Adam (Pelican Books).
    Brisbane Telegraph (Qld. : 1948 - 1954) Thursday 20 October 1949 p 4 Article
    ... on aboriginal painters and carvers. Dr. Leonhard Adam, born in Berlin in 1891, is now an Australian ... (Today's Book Guide \ " Primitive Art " by Leonhard Adam ( Pelican Books). . This introductory ... 151 words
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  2. Leonhard Adam, LL.D., F.R.A.I. Knows All About Primitive Man
    Smith's Weekly (Sydney, NSW : 1919 - 1950) Saturday 31 December 1949 p 15 Article Illustrated
    ... utmost importance to the whole human race. Leonhard Adam got himself born into the Adam family in 1891 ... Leonhard Adam, LL.D., F.R.A.I. Knows All About Primitive Man You find him in a tiny room in the ... 667 words
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  3. SUMMARY.
    The Australian Star (Sydney, NSW : 1887 - 1909) Friday 31 December 1897 p 4 Article
    ... recaptured. Branches of the Political Labour League' have been formed at Now Lambton, Adams-town. and ... -all doctors. Tattersall's Anniversary H., 20th January. 60,000 at E.. C.o. Geo. Adams, Hobart. ... 1267 words
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  1. Records of Leonhard Adam
    [ Data set : 1960 ]
    At Uni of Melbourne
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  2. 'I have now made a start...' Paradigms in ethnographic collecting, Leonhard Adam and the University of Melbourne
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    [ Article : 2005 ]
    At Uni of Mel Inst Rep
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  3. 'I have now made a start...': Dr. Leonhard Adam's ethnographic collection at the University of Melbourne
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    Open Museum Journal
    [ Article : 2005 ]
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  4. Djanggawul [Book Review]
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    [ Article : 1954 ]
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  1. The Radio Feature
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    [ Sound : 2001 ]
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  2. A treasury of Slovak folk songs / ed. by John J. Lach ; comp. and arranged by Leonhard Deutsch ; introds. by Milos K. Mlynarovich and Adam P. Lesinsky ; notes and lyrics by Francis Hrusovsky ; English verses by Willard R. Trask ; illus. by Joseph Cin ...
    Deutsch, Leonhard, 1887-
    [ Printed music : 1950 ]
    Languages: English;Slovak, [1 other]
    At 2 libraries
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  3. Sacred and secular music from renaissance Germany
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    [ Sound : 2004-2006 ]
    Languages: German;Latin, [1 other]
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  4. Hodie Christus natus est
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    [ Sound : 1970-1979 ]
    Languages: German;Latin, [1 other]
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  1. The Leonhard Adam Collection : University Gallery, the University of Melbourne, 7 September - 21 October 1988
    University of Melbourne. University Gallery
    [ Book : 1988 ]
    At 13 libraries
    The Leonhard Adam Collection : University Gallery, the University of Melbourne, 7 September - 21 October 1988
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  2. Leonhard Adam : from the Spree to the Yarra aquarelles : 1911-1955
    Eban, Dan
    [ Book : 1996 ]
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  3. Groote Eylandt art: Leonhard Adam Ethnological Collection Part One
    [ Book : 1973 ]
    At NERAM Hinton Library
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  4. Bounty of the sea : selected works from the Leonhard Adam collection of international indigenous culture
    University of Melbourne. Leonhard Adam Ethnological Collection
    [ Book : 2002 ]
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  1. ADAM, LEONHARD (1891 - 1960)
    Adam, Leonhard
    [ Unpublished : 1935 ]
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    At Uni Melbourne Arch
    ADAM, LEONHARD (1891 - 1960)
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  2. ADAM, LEONHARD (1891 - 1960)
    Adam, Leonhard
    [ Unpublished : 1935 ]
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    ADAM, LEONHARD (1891 - 1960)
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  3. Leonhard Adam, Alice Springs
    Adam, Leonhard
    [ Unpublished : 1955 ]
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