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Biographical entry McConnel, Ursula Hope (1888 - 1957)

Cressbrook, Queensland, Australia
6 November 1957
Kelvin Grove, Queensland, Australia
Anthropologist and Ethnographer


Ursula McConnel undertook research into the Aboriginal peoples of the Gulf of Carpentaria region of the Cape York Peninsula 1927-1928 and 1934.

Archival resources

State Records of South Australia

  • Ursula McConnel - Records, 1934 - 1953, A.D. 49; State Records of South Australia. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Marcus, Julie, Lepervanche, Marie de, McBryde, Isabel, Prior, Mary Ellen Murray, White, Isobel; Morris, Miranda; O'Gorman, Anne; Marcus, Julie and Cheater, Christine, First in Their Field: Women and Australian Anthropology, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1993. Details

Book Sections

  • O'Gorman Perusco, Anne, 'Only Sticks and Bark: Ursula McConnel - Her Collecting and Collection', in Peterson, Nicolas, Allen, Lindy and Hamby, Louise (eds), The Makers and Making of Indigenous Australian Museum Collections, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 2008, pp. 419-42. Details
  • Perusco, Anne O'Gorman, 'McConnel, Ursula Hope (1888-1957), Anthropologist', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 15, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2000, pp. 178-179. Details

Edited Books

  • McKay, Judith (ed.), Brilliant Careers: Women Collectors and Illustrators in Queensland, Queensland Museum, Brisbane, 1997, 80 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Sutton, P., 'Ursula McConnel's Tin Trunk: a Remarkable Recovery', Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, vol. 134, 2010, pp. 101-14. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • Rothwell, Nicolas, 'Enigma Variations', The Weekend Australian, 15-16 August 2009, pp. 6-7. Details


McCarthy, G.J.