Lost in Translation



Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton, Victoria, 3053
What's On

Awakening a forgotten collection from South America by reconnecting to its source community, the Yaghan.

In 1929 Australian Anthropologist, Baldwin Spencer and Ms. Jean Hamilton travelled to Tierra Del Fuego to study the Yaghan people, who they defined as a dying race. Two months later it was Spencer who was dead. Lost and alone 11,000 km from home, Jean sailed treacherous seas to deliver his body for burial and present what would become a small collection at Melbourne Museum. Discover the layered loss embedded in the expedition, the collection and historic museum practices and the knowledge exchange that comes from reconnecting with the living culture.


  • Senior Curator, Rebecca Carland
  • Honorary Associate/curator, Camila Marambio
  • Independent writer/curator John Kean

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Image: Glass plate, Magallanes Province, Chile, pre 1928. Photographer C. Veiga (Museums Victoria Collection XP 8471)

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