Guide to the Papers of Cecil Hackett


MS 9580

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: ©2005.

Collection Summary

Hackett, Cecil, 1905-1995
Papers of Cecil Hackett
Date Range
Collection Number
MS 9580
4 metres (20 boxes + 3 folios)
Language of Materials


Scope and Content

The collection comprises correspondence, diaries, notebooks, journal articles, newscuttings, reports, reprints, photographs, glass negatives, lantern slides and x-rays.

They document Hackett's career as a doctor, anthropologist and medical researcher. While there is a small amount of material relating to his anthropological studies among the Aborigines in Central Australia in the 1920s and 1930s, the bulk of his papers relate to his medical research on yaws and other tropical diseases in Africa and South East Asia. As a result of his research, he became an acknowledged world expert in this field. Hackett was a prolific writer and the papers contain copies of a large number of his journal articles.

Correspondents include T. Draper Campbell, Sir John Cleland, Robert Edwards, Frank Fenner, H. H. Finlayson, R. W. Hornabrook, Ivan Magary, Charles Mountford, Cyril Mudford, Ted Steinbock, Norman Tindale, David Ungar and various staff from the World Health Organisation, the South Australian Museum and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).


The collection is available for reference.

Copying and Publishing

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Cecil Hackett, National Library of Australia, MS 9580, [series and file number]'.


The collection was donated to the Library by Mrs Beatrice Hackett in two instalments in 1997 and 1998.


The two instalments have been amalgamated and arranged into 11 series. On arrival, the papers were disordered and they have been sorted into series by Library staff.

Separated Material

In 1967 Hackett donated a large collection of photographic negatives of his expeditions to Central Australia to the South Australian Museum in Adelaide. It also holds manuscript material relating to these expeditions. Photographic material has also been donated to the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies in Canberra. The AIATSIS Library also holds copies of Hackett's published works and manuscripts on the Australian Aborigines.

Biographical Note

Cecil John Hackett was born in Norwood, South Australia on 25 April 1905. He attended St. Peter's College and Queen's School, Adelaide and then went on to study medicine at Adelaide University (1922-1927).

In 1927 he was a member of the University's first anthropological trip to Central Australia. It was on this trip that he first met an Aboriginal woman with grossly bent legs and arms known as 'boomerang leg'. Hackett graduated in medicine from Adelaide University in 1927. After spending a year at the Adelaide General Hospital he travelled to London and studied at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1929-30.

After a brief period with the Colonial Service, in Shanghai in 1932, he returned to Adelaide due to ill-health. In 1933 he was invited to accompany Norman Tindale, an anthropologist from the South Australian Museum, on a two month expedition to the Mann and Musgrave Ranges in Central Australia where they documented the movements and social structure of the Pitjantjatjara people. During this trip Hackett again saw a child with some scabs and 'boomerang leg' and he began his quest to find out the cause of the deformity.

In 1934 he received a grant from the Sheridan Research Fund of the Adelaide University and set off again to Central Australia. At this time he thought that yaws, a contagious skin disease, was the cause of the deformity but through his research he was able to prove that it was a non-venereal treponomal infection. In 1936 he was awarded a Doctor of Medicine for his investigations of 'boomerang leg'.

Returning to England in 1935 Hackett worked in the Anatomy Department of Cambridge University. In 1937 he received a Senior Research Fellowship from the British Medical Research Council Fellowship to study tropical medicine. He set off for Lango in Uganda to study the incidence of yaws and syphilis. Hackett completed his research in 1940 and received a doctorate. However, his major work on this subject, Bone lesions of yaws in Uganda, was not published until 1951.

In 1940 Hackett joined the RAF, serving principally in malaria prevention programs in Sierra Leone, India and Burma. At the end of the war, he returned to London and became the Director of the Wellcome Museum of Medical Science where he played a major role in building up the Institution to be a major centre for research in tropical medicine.

In 1954 he was invited to join the World Health Organisation in Geneva where he became a Medical Officer in the Venereal Diseases and Treponematoses Section. His main area of work was to implement programs to control yaws with penicillin.

On his retirement in 1965, Hackett returned to London and continued his studies of treponemal diseases, becoming an acknowledged world expert. He also became interested in the diagnosis of disease by studying dated human remains. He produced some 90 published scientific papers, as well as about 30 unpublished reports on yaws, medical museums and physical anthropology.

Cecil Hackett died in England in April 1995.

Hackett also wrote many journal articles, reports and papers. There are too many to list here. A detailed listing of his works up to 1983 can be found in a curriculum vitae in Series 3, File 9.

  1. Boomerang leg and yaws in Australian Aborigines, London, Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 1936
  2. Bone lesions of yaws in Uganda, Oxford, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1951
  3. Nomenclature internationale des lesions pianiques, Geneva, World Health Organisation, 1958
  4. Differential diagnosis of yaws, (with L. J. A. Loewenthal), Geneva, World Health Organisation, 1960
  5. Diagnostic criteria of syphilis, yaws and treponarid (treponematoses) and of some other diseases in dry bones (for use in osteo-archaeology), New York, Springer-Verlag, 1976

Item Descriptions

Series 1. Correspondence, 1929-1992

Hackett's correspondence documents his long and distinguished career as a doctor, anthropologist and medical researcher. While the bulk of the letters are of a medical and scientific nature, there is a high content of personal and family information found in them. Many of his work colleagues e.g., T. Draper Campbell, were also friends. Their letters included news on family and friends, reports of current work and comments on medical and scientific issues.

Being an expert in his field, Hackett also received correspondence from other researchers and scientists commenting on his work and seeking advice on various issues. He also used this network for assistance with his own research. There is also a small amount of correspondence between Hackett and various publishers in relation to the publication of some of his writings.

Correspondents include T. Draper Campbell, Sir John Cleland, Robert Edwards, Frank Fenner, H. H. Finlayson, R. W. Hornabrook, Ivan Magary, Charles Mountford, Cyril Mudford, Ted Steinbock, Norman Tindale, David Ungar and various staff from the World Health Organisation, the South Australian Museum and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).

Due to the original disordered state of the papers, the Library has imposed its own arrangement. The correspondence has been artificially arranged in date order. However, Hackett kept a small amount of correspondence on certain topics together in files. The arrangement of the material in these files (10-13) has been retained by the Library.

Correspondence, 1927-1939 (File 1)

Correspondence, 1940-1949 (File 2)

Correspondence, 1950-1959 (File 3)

Correspondence, 1960-1969 (File 4)

Correspondence, 1970-1979 (File 5)

Correspondence, 1980-1989 (File 6_7)

Correspondence, 1990-1992 (File 8)

Correspondence, undated, and miscellaneous blank postcards (File 9)

Correspondence, 1953-1954, relating to Hackett's appointment to the World Health Organisation (File 10)

Correspondence, 1967-1970, relating to a visit to Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America in 1967-1968. In Australia, Hackett inspected aboriginal skulls and bones in several museums and universities. (File 11)

Correspondence, 1971-1972, mainly with Professor E. Uehlinger relating to a study of the diagnostic criteria for diseases in dry bones (File 12)

Correspondence, 1976-1977, with various museums and institutions (File 13)

Series 2. Diaries, notebooks, 1926-1972

This series consists of 28 diaries kept by Hackett. They provide a record of Hackett's trips to Central Australia and his research work in Africa and South East Asia along with study trips to various other countries. As well as giving a summary of daily events, the diaries also include addresses and notes.

Diary, 1926 (File 1)

Diary, 17 December 1927-15 January 1928 (File 2)

Diary, 1 March - 3 May 1929 (File 3)

Diary, 30 May - 17 August 1933 (File 4)

Diary, 12 April - 27 May 1937 (File 5)

Diary, 17 March - 18 October 1945 (File 6)

Diary, 19 October - 22 November 1952 (File 7)

Diary, 14 July - 21 November 1954 (File 8)

Diary, 25 November 1954 - 21 May 1955 (File 9)

Diary, 23 May 1955 - 11 March 1956 (File 10)

Diary, 21 April 1956 - 24 April 1957 (File 11)

Diary, 14 August 1957 - 23 September 1958 (File 12)

Diary, 7 October 1958 - 7 September 1959 (File 13)

Diary, 8 December 1960 - 11 December 1964 (File 14)

Diary, 9 September - 14 October 1967 (File 15)

Diary, 15 October - 17 December 1967 (File 16)

Diary, 18 December 1967 - 23 February 1968 (File 17)

Diary, 24 February - 11 April 1968 (File 18)

Diary, 12 April - 18 May 1968 (File 19)

Diary, 18 June - 18 August 1968 (File 20)

Diary, 1 July - 13 August 1968 (File 21)

Diary, 19 August - 25 September 1968 (File 22)

Diary, 19 August - 30 September 1968 (File 23)

Diary, 23 August - 12 September 1970 (File 24)

Diary, various dates, 1960, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969 and 1972 (File 25)

Loose diary extracts, 1935 and undated (File 26)

Notebook, 1936 (File 27)

Notebook containing quotes and phrases, various dates, 1945-1947 (File 28)

Series 3. Personal documents and memorabilia, 1922-1997

This series consists of certificates, contracts, reports, dinner menus and other items of ephemera kept by Hackett. It also includes personal material such as professional references, a curriculum vitae written by Hackett in 1983 giving a detailed description of his career, his death certificate and copies of obituary notices.

Various certificates and reports belonging to Hackett, 1920-1952, including two school reports (1920 and 1921), a memorandum of agreement with the Adelaide Hospital for the position of Resident Medical Officer (1928) and a contract with the World Health Organisation (1952) (File 1)

Dinner menus: Adelaide University Medical Students' Society, Annual Dinner, 1922-1928, Adelaide University Science Association, Annual Dinner, 1922 and the Queen's College Old Boy's Association, Inaugural Dinner, 1931 (File 2)

University of Adelaide certificates for the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, 1923-1928 (File 3)

Early references, 1929-1931 (File 4)

Various papers including copies of examination papers, relating to Hackett's admission to the Royal College of Physicians, London, 1931 (File 5)

Hackett's death certificate, obituary notices and correspondence between Mrs Beattie Hackett and AIATSIS and Sarah Joynes relating to Hackett's papers, 1995-1997 (File 6)

Two ring binder entitled 'My life' containing career outlines, lists of publications and itineraries for various overseas trips. The material has been removed from the binder and placed in a file. (File 7)

References written by Hackett for Dr Paul Byers to support his application for admittance to the Royal College of Physicians, 1980-1981 (File 8)

Curriculum vitae and list of publications prepared by Hackett in 1983 (File 9)

Three pieces of stone flint. One was found at Tennant Creek in 1934 while the other two are unidentified. (File 10)

Identity badge and medallion from the Second International Congress of Microbiology held in London in 1936 and an identity disc from the World Health Organisation (File 11)

Series 4. Published works, 1927-1987

While Hackett was best known for his writings on yaws, he also undertook pioneering work with the Australian Aborigines and implemented new practices and procedures for medical museums. This series consists of published works by Hackett including books, book chapters, journal articles and symposium papers on these topics.

File 7 contains a bound compilation of journal articles by Hackett from 1927-1954. The remaining journal articles have been listed by year of publication.

Subseries 4_1. Books

The Indonesian yaws control campaign: a report on a study in Indonesia from 19 January to 6 March 1956, Geneva, World Health Organisation, 1956 (File 1)
Nomenclature internationale des lesions pianiques, Geneva, World Health Organisation, 1958 (File 2)
Nomenclatura internacional de las lesions del pain, Geneva, World Health Organisation, 1958 (File 3)
Differential diagnosis of yaws, (with L. J. A. Loewenthal), Geneva, World Health Organisation, 1960 (File 4)
Nomenklatur internasional untuk gedjala-gedjala penjakit framboesia, Djakarta, United Nations Childrens Fund, 1960 (File 5)

Subseries 4_2. Book chapters

'Yaws', chapter in Clinical dermatology, Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott, 1987 and later revisions (File 6)

Subseries 4_3. Journal articles

'Adelaide University field anthropology: Central Australia, No 1: Introduction - descriptive and anthropometric observations', (with T. D. Campbell), reprinted from Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, Vol 51, 1927 (File 7)
'Observations on a new-born Australian Aboriginal infant', (with J. B. Cleland), reprinted from Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, Vol 51, 1927 (File 7)
'An unusual disposal of an Aboriginal child's remains from the lower Murray, South Australia', (with C. P. Mountford and Harold L. Sheard), reprinted from Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, Vol 51, 1927 (File 7)
'Difficult labour, partly due to the large size of the child, in a pure blood Australian Aboriginal woman', (with J. Bernard Dawson, J. B. Cleland and A. A. Wallace), reprinted from Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine, Vol 21, 1928 (File 7)
'Preliminary report on field work among the Aborigines of the north-west of South Australia, 1933', (with Norman Tindale), reprinted from Oceania, Vol 4, No 1, September 1933 (File 7)
'Physical anthropology of the Aborigines of Central Australia: Part 1 - anthropometry', reprinted from Oceania, Vol 7, No 1, September 1936 (File 7)
'Physical anthropology of the Aborigines of Central Australia: Part 1 - anthropometry', reprinted from Oceania, Vol 7, No 1, September 1936 (File 7)
'Man and nature in Central Australia', reprinted from The Geographical Magazine, Vol 4, No 4, February 1937 (File 7)
'Keeping fit in hot climates', Tee Emm, February 1942 (File 7)
'Malaria prevention - some recent advances', M.T.E. Journal, August - September, 1945 (File 7)
'A medical Leica in Lango (Uganda)', Camera News, No 1, 1947 (File 7)
'Tropical hygiene', excerpt from the Journal of the Royal Sanitary Institute, Vol 68, No 5, September 1948 (File 7)
'The modern medical museum', reprinted from The Bulletin of the International Association of Medical Museums, No 30, November 1949 (File 7)
'Fish poisoning', British Medical Journal, 1949 (File 7)
'The use of plastics in embedding and mounting specimens', reprinted from Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Vol 43, No 4, January 1950 (File 7)
'A list of medical museums of Great Britain (1949-50)', reprinted from the British Medical Journal, June 1951 (File 7)
'The teaching medical museum', Tabloid Memoranda, No 1, 1951 (File 7)
The Wellcome Museum of Medical Science, London, Wellcome Research Institution, 1951 (File 7)
'Relapsing fever', reprinted from Modern practice in infectious fevers, Butterworth, 1951 (File 7)
'Human biology in public museums', Museums Journal, Vol 52, 1952 (File 7)
'The Duguid-Young technique for making plastic specimen containers', (with W.A. Norman), reprinted from Medical and Biological Illustration, Vol 2, No 3, July 1952 (File 7)
'Impressions of eastern lands', Wellcome Foundation News, 1952 (File 7)
'Modern medical teaching museum', reprinted from Medical and Biological Illustration, Vol 3, No 3, July 1953 (File 7)
'The undergraduate teaching medical museum', reprinted from Proceedings of the first world conference on medical education, London, 1953 (File 7)
'Equipment and methods', Medical and Biological Illustration, Vol 4, 1954 (File 7)
'Interstitial keratitis, boomerang legs and yaws in a European boy from the New Hebrides', reprinted from The Medical Journal of Australia, August 1935 (File 8)
'On the carriage of serum for the Wassermann test', reprinted from The Medical Journal of Australia, May 1936 (File 8)
'Dr C. M. Wenyon F. R. S.', Wellcome Foundation News, November 1947 (File 8)
'Some aspects of treponematoses in past populations', Journal of the Anthropological Society of South Australia, Vol 6, No 9, November 1968 (File 8)
'Yaws eradication in Indonesia: Dr Raden Kodijat's contribution', reprinted from the Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Vol 64, No 4, 1970 (File 8)
'Treponematoses (yaws and treponarid) in exhumed Australian Aboriginal bones', Records of the South Australian Museum, Vol 17, No 27, 1978 (File 8)
'Nomadic career aids yaws sufferers', Adelaide University Graduates' Union Monthly Newsletter and Gazette, December 1978 (File 8)
'Development of caries sicca in a dry calvaria', Virchows Archiv A: Pathological Anatomy and Histology, No 391, 1981 (File 8)
'On the epidemiology of yaws in African miners', Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, No 78, 1984 (File 8)
Various duplicates of Hackett's journal articles, 1933-1978 (File 9)

Subseries 4_4. Symposium papers

'Extent and nature of the yaws problem in Africa' and 'Consolidation phase of yaws control: experiences in Africa' papers presented at the First International Symposium on Yaws Control held in Bangkok and later published in First international symposium on yaws control, Geneva, World Health Organisation, 1953 (File 10)

Series 5. Other writings, 1934-1984

This series consists mainly of typescript drafts and reports by Hackett. File two contains articles written by Hackett while working with the World Health Organisation. The articles have been bound together by Hackett and therefore they have been listed in his original order. Some notes and journal articles also appear in the back of this volume. His other works have been listed chronologically. Files 6-10 contain loose pages and chapters from unidentified writings.

'Boomerang legs and yaws in Australian Aborigines': typescript report to the Sheridan Committee of work carried out in 1934-1935 (File 1)

'Antigens - antibody reactions in yaws in man': draft typescripts with corrections accompanied by notes and journal articles on yaws, 1957 (File 2)

'Epidemiology in the control of venereal syphilis in urban areas in underdeveloped areas': draft typescript with corrections, 1957 (File 2)

'Important aspects of campaigns to eradicate endemic treponematoses': draft typescript with corrections, 1959 (File 2)

Various chapters of untitled draft, 1959 (File 2)

'Yaws eradication outside the Americas': typescript drafts with corrections, 1956 (File 2)

'The control of yaws': typescript, 1956 (File 2)

'Venereal disease and treponematosid control from the international point of view': draft typescript with corrections, 1956 (File 2)

'Historical references in yaws': first draft, January 1974 (File 2)

'Endemic treponematoses': draft typescript with corrections, 1981 (File 2)

Typescript notes compiled from a talk on epidemiology by Professor Moskovski, 1960 (File 3)

'Bone disease': typescript draft with corrections and notes, 1966 (File 3)

'Pathological changes in Australian Aboriginal and American Indian bones': draft typescript with corrections, December 1971 and typescript 1972 (File 3)

'Diagnostic criteria for syphilis in dry bones in the past': typescript, 1972 (File 3)

Two ring binder entitled 'Personal thoughts' containing manuscript memoirs on topics including Hackett's education, influences on his life and aspects of his career, 1974-1979. The material has been removed from the binder and placed in files (File 4)

Preface and suffix to 'A letter from an unknown world': manuscript with corrections, 1980 (File 5)

'Impact of Fairley's work on malaria suppression, 1943-46': typescript, 1982 (File 5)

'Health and disease at the time of change of climate of wet to dry in Southern Sahara': typescript notes, 1982 (File 5)

'And the ravens fed him in the desert': dedicated to Bernie and her ravens, July 1982: typescript (File 5)

'A great and gentle man, Dr R. Kodijat': a personal appreciation written in gratitude to his family, 1984 (File 5)

'Diagnosis of disease in the past': typescript with corrections (n.d.) (File 5)

'On the mind and health of early man': typescript (n.d.) (File 5)

'The external pelvic diameters of living Central Australian female Aborigines': typescript with corrections and notes (n.d.) (File 5)

'The palaeopathology of the treponematoses': typescript notes with corrections (n.d.) (File 5)

Chapters, sections and loose pages from unidentified writings (n.d.) (File 6_10)

Notebook containing memoirs (n.d.) (File 11)

Series 6. Research material, 1921-1994

This series consists of notes, journal articles, newscuttings and tables on a wide range of subjects including Aborigines, anthropology, archaeology, diseases, health, medical research and tropical medicine. Many of the notes are undated and unidentified.

The material is accompanied by a series of index cards containing references for books and journal articles and some general notes.

Research files, 1921-1994 (File 1_4)

Index cards (File 5_12)

Series 7. Family history, 1850-1981

Cecil Hackett was born in 1905, the son of Richard William and Bertha Matilda Hackett. His grandfather was Walter Hackett, a pioneer of agricultural and horticultural industries in South Australia and a partner, with his brother, of a seed business in Rundle Street, Adelaide.

This series consists of correspondence relating to Hackett's family history research, certificates, documents and notebooks belonging to family members and photographs of family members and the family home in Brighton, South Australia.

Correspondence with genealogical researchers and various institutions, mainly in England, relating to family history research, 1940-1981 (File 1)

Biographical notes, family tree diagrams and various plans, notes and drawings of the Hackett family home, 'Brighton House', Brighton, South Australia, 1914-1917 (File 2)

Three notebooks kept by Bertha Matilda Hackett. One is entitled 'Recipes' and is undated while the second is entitled 'Nursery' and contains notes, accounts and lists of plants, 1916-1920. The third notebook contains knitting patterns including 'knitted mittens for soldiers' (n.d.). (File 3)

Miscellaneous correspondence and certificates belonging to various members of the Hackett family, 1882-1934. The file includes the marriage certificate of Hackett's parents (1900) and Hackett's certificate of baptism (1905) and papers relating to the estate of Walter Hackett and the family nursery business. (File 4)

Four notebooks kept by Richard William Hackett while he was a prisoner of war in Germany during the First World War (n.d.) (File 5)

Diary for 1918 belonging to Beryl Hackett or Richard Hackett containing household expenses (File 6)

Miscellaneous notebooks: one containing pansy seed orders, 1918-1930, and another listing assets and property belonging to Walter Hackett, Hackett's grandfather, 1914-1917 (File 7)

Large notebook containing handwritten recipes (no author), (c1850s) (File 8)

Photographs of family members and Brighton House (most undated) (File 9_10)

Selection of copper measuring spoons used in the nursery business of E. and W. Hackett (File 11)

Series 8. Other papers, 1959-1995

This series consists of miscellaneous papers mainly of a medical nature, newscuttings and pamphlets.

Copies of Adelaide University Graduates' Union Gazette, 1959-1974, a copy of St Peter's College, Adelaide, South Australia (1978) and miscellaneous pamphlets relating to Adelaide University (File 1)

'A biological centre for Canberra': a proposal submitted to Sir Robert Menzies, Prime Minister of Australia, May 1965 (File 2)

Obituary notices from newspapers and journals of colleagues and other well known figures in the field of medicine and anthropology, 1968-1994 (File 3)

'The Institute's philosophy and function', Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies Steering Committee Report, Canberra, 1975 (File 4)

Two reviews of Hackett's book Diagnostic criteria of syphilis, yaws and treponarid (treponematoses) and of some other diseases in dry bones (bulk 1977 and 1978) (File 5)

'Porotic skull lesions: an historical perspective': papers by Patty Stuart Macadam, February 1981 (File 6)

Correspondence, newscuttings and notes, 1975-1995, relating to the establishment of the Florey Memorial Stone in Westminster Abbey in 1981 and the annual Florey commemorations. Hackett was one of the instigators of this project (File 7)

'Smallpox - the most dreadful scourge of the human species: its global spread and recent eradication': The Brailsford Robertson-Florey Lecture of the Medical Sciences Club of South Australia and the University of Adelaide presented by Professor F. Fenner at the University of Adelaide, South Australia, 4 May, 1984 (File 8)

Manuscript entitled 'Sudan epidemic', (no author), (n.d.) (File 9)

Typescript notes of a talk given on Hackett's life and his work on yaws by an unnamed acquaintance of Hackett (n.d.) (File 10)

Series 9. Printed material, 1921-1992

This series consists of books and pamphlets on a variety of subjects including the Australian Aborigines, diseases in bones, tropical diseases and yaws. There is a series of reprints on the Aborigines and Australian marsupials written by colleagues and friends of Hackett e.g., T. D. Campbell, Frederic Wood Jones, Sir John Cleland and a bound volume of papers by T. G. H. Strehlow. Other works on the Australian Aborigines contain annotations by Hackett or photographs which he took on his trips to Central Australia.

2 boxes

Series 10. Photographs

This series consists mainly of black and white and some colour photographs belonging to Hackett. Included are portrait and group shots of Hackett, his wife, Beattie and their family and group photographs of Hackett and colleagues he met during his career. There are also albums and contact prints containing material relating to Hackett's research along with travel shots taken during this period.

There are a small number of photographs of Aborigines in Central Australia in the 1920s and 1930s. However, the majority of Hackett's photographs taken during this period are now held by the South Australian Museum and AIATSIS.

The material has been arranged by format, i.e., individual photographs, albums and contact prints and then by subject.

Photographs relating to Hackett's family history research can be found in Series 8.

Cecil Hackett: early group photographs including a school class photograph (n.d.) and group portrait of Resident Medical Officers at Adelaide University, 1928 (File 1)

Cecil and Beattie Hackett: portrait shots and other photographs, 1920s-1980s (File 2_3)

Cecil and Beattie Hackett: with family, friends or work colleagues (most undated) (File 4)

Central Australia and the Aborigines, 1920s-1930s (File 5)

Africa, 1937-1950s (File 6)

South East Asia, 1940s-1950s (File 7)

Brazil, 1952 (File 8)

Yaws and dry bones (most undated) (File 9_10)

Other: miscellaneous (most undated) (File 11)

Album: Australia (c1920s) (File 12)

Album: Africa - various (c1930s) (File 13)

Album: various including Australia, Europe, Shanghai and Suez, 1931-1932 (File 14)

Album: West Africa, 1941-1942 (File 15)

Album: South East Asia, 1952 (File 16)

Albums: Brazil, 1952 (File 17_18)

Album: hospitality in Mauritania, 1956-1959 (File 19)

Album: World Health Organisation, 1956-1960 (File 20)

Album: Sierra Leone (n.d.) (File 21)

Album: French West Africa, yaws campaign and North Haute-Volta, endemic syphilis campaign (n.d.) (File 22)

Album: museum specimens (n.d.) (File 23)

Contact prints, South Australia, 1933-1935 (File 24)

Contact prints, India, 1945 (File 25)

Contact prints, West Africa, 1954 (File 26)

Contact prints, Africa, 1958 (File 27)

Series 11. Other photographic material

This series consists of 35mm colour slides, black and white negatives, glass negatives (16), glass lantern slides (14), copper plates (2) and x-rays.

The colour slides include a medical series showing the effects of yaws and other skin diseases in the local population along with 'travel slides' taken by Hackett during his research work in Africa. Hackett originally numbered his slides according to the year that they were taken and by roll number. However, this arrangement has not been maintained over the years and they are now out of sequence.

There are also black and white negatives housed in small wallets and contact negatives which cover Hackett's research in Africa, Brazil and South East Asia. The lantern slides show examples of yaws and other tropical skin diseases while the series of glass negatives and the x-rays are of skeletal bones.

4 boxes

Container List

Series File/Piece Box
1 1-6 1
1 7-13 2
2 1-5 2
2 6-17 3
2 18-28 4
3 1-4 4
3 5-11 5
4 1-2 5
4 3-10 6
5 1-7 7
5 8-11 8
6 1-2 8
6 3-10 9
6 11-12 10
7 1-4 10
7 5-11 11
8 1 11
8 2-10 12
9 Printed material 13
9 Printed material 14
10 1-3 15
10 4-11 16
10 12-15 17
10 16-23 18
10 24-27 19
11 Photographic material 20
11 Photographic material 21
11 Photographic material 22
11 Photographic material 23