Rijswijck, Olga van


(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 8: Cyclopaedia of collectors, Supplement II)


Born: 1940, Brussels, Belgium.



Studied anthropology and African Administration at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Republic of S. Africa (B.A. 1962), and took her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the Australian National University (1967). She paid two visits to New Guinea (July-Dec. 1963 and March 1964-Apr. 1965), sponsored by the Australian National University. She studied a resettlement of the mountain Kuni people (Centr. Distr. Papua) for her Doctoral thesis, and besides the resettlement of Nakanai peoples of New Britain.1 In the latter island she stayed in Nakanai (Oct.-Nov. 1964).



In addition to a full collection of Kuni artifacts, a few birds of paradise and botanical specimens were collected .2 In Ethnograph. Mus., Dept Anthrop., Monash Univ., Melbourne [MUCV], and part-collection at Ethnograph. Collect. (Inst. of Anatomy) Canberra. Botanical specimens (about 20) comprise dried leaves, medicinal herbs and odoriferous plants from the Central District. They are not numbered nor identified.



(1) Author of ‘The Silanga Resettlement Project’ (in New Guinea Res. Bull. 10, 1966).

(2) Cf. Pac. Sc. Ass. Inf. Bull. 19, no 4, 1967, p. 13.