The Origins of the Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria.

Margaret Bullen, Melbourne

The Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria (AASV) was formed in 1976 by the amalgamation of the Anthropological Society – founded in 1934 and the Archaeological Society – founded in 1965. Both societies were born out of the enthusiasm engendered in a non-academic audience by a gifted lecturer; namely Frederic Wood Jones in the 1930s and William Culican in the 1950s.
This paper will examine the importance of societies such as the AASV in allowing people with little or no academic training to access a window onto the world of professional and academic anthropology and archaeology.  Such societies give members an opportunity to hear first rate lectures, join field trips and, certainly in the past, to participate in professionally run archaeological digs. The paper will also discuss the power of these two remarkable men to draw together people from disparate backgrounds who shared a passion for the past.