Series 599 - Harold Brookfield papers, field diaries, photographs and aerial photographs

Identity area

Reference code



Harold Brookfield papers, field diaries, photographs and aerial photographs


  • 1958 - 1988 (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

1 m (2 type 1, 1 type 5 box, 4 albums)

Context area

Name of creator

(1926 -)

Biographical history

Professor Harold Brookfield is a British and Australian geographer with interests in rural development, family farming, land use and society in developing countries. He completed a BA and PhD at the London School of Economics. He was briefly a lecturer in Geography and Birkbeck College, London and Lecturer in Charge at the Department of Geography, University of Natal where he began engaging with development and social justice issues in South Africa and Mauritius. After three years, he moved to Australia to join the University of New England and in 1957 joined the Research School of Pacific Studies at the Australian National University where he spent most of his academic career, retiring in 1991. Brookfield conducted field work in Papua New Guinea, the New Hebrides, New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands, Bougainville and the Philippines. His interests focussed on Papua New Guinea where he conducted fieldwork in the highlands and collaborated with anthropologists from the Research School. In the 1970s his work extended to smaller islands of the Caribbean and the smaller eastern islands of Fiji.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

The collection includes fifty field notebooks, as well as photographs, negatives and aerial photographs related to his research in the Pacific region, including the countries - Papua New Guinea and Bougainville, Solomon Islands, New Hebrides, New Caledonia, Fiji and The Philippines. The photographs in this collection have not been listed. They can be found in box 3 (1 Type 5 box) and in boxes 4 - 7 (4 grey albums).


System of arrangement

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Researchers must sign an access agreement.

Conditions governing reproduction

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Related descriptions

Notes area

Alternative identifier(s)

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Description control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used

Dates of creation revision deletion

Created by Christine Bryan on 13 August 2015; updated by Christine Bryan on 31 January 2017.




Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related genres

Related places