[HASN logo] No. 33, August-September 1994 ISSN 0811-4757
Edited and published by Tim Sherratt (Tim.Sherratt@asap.unimelb.edu.au) for ASAP.

[News logo] Phrenology in Australasia

An exhibition is being mounted in the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney, devoted to the rise and development of phrenology in its Australasian contexts. The exhibition catalogue will also feature commissioned essays and some primary source material (advertisements, lectures, etc.). The organisers are very keen to hear of any archives, book collections, phrenological busts and callipers, and other bump-reading paraphenalia which may be included or cited in the exhibition and/or catalogue. Planning is at a relatively early stage, but it is expected that some of the themes of the exhibition will be 'Phrenology and Medicine', 'Phrenology and the Mechanics' Institutes', 'Phrenology: Australia's First Psychology?', 'Phrenology and Evolution', 'Phrenology and Self-Improvement', 'Phrenology's Late 19th-Century Revival', and 'The Phrenological Study of Aborigines'. The exhibition opens on 11 January 1995 and will run until 28 April; the Catalogue will, it is hoped, be of wide interest to historians of science and medicine, social historians, and historians of colonial Australasia.

For further information, please contact Dr Michael Shortland at the Unit for the History and Philosophy of Science F07, University of Sydney, Sydney NSW 2006. Telephone: (02) 692 4801. Fax: (02) 692 4124. Email: michaels@scifac.su.oz.au.

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