Born 25 March 1901 at Newcastle, Staffordshire, England, Camilla Wedgwood was the daughter of Josiah Clement Wedgwood MP (Ist Baron Wedgwood) and Ethel Kate Bowen.

She was educated at Orme Girls’ School, Staffordshire and Bedales School, and afterwards at Newnham College, Cambridge from 1920-1926. While at Newnham her achievements included: English Tripos Class 1 (1922), Anthropology Tripos Class1 (1924); Arthur Hugh Clough Scholar (1923); and Bathurst Student (1924). She was awarded her MA in 1927 and was an Associate of Newnham College from 1931-1947. She held a number of distinguished teaching and lecturing positions during her career: from 1926-1927 she was lecturer in social science at Bedford College, London; 1928-1930 lecturer in anthropology University of Sydney; 1930-1931 temporary lecturer at University of Cape Town South Africa; 1931-1932 temporary lecturer at London School of Economics; 1935 field work in Nauru Island.

From 1935 to 1944 Camilla Wedgwood was Principal of the Women’s College and also for a period (1936-1946) honorary lecturer in anthropology at the University of Sydney. After leaving the College in 1944 she was for 2 years Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Women’s Services attached to the Army Directorate of Research working in New Guinea. After the war she spent a year in England before returning to Australia, and from 1951 to 1955 was senior lecturer in the Australian School of Pacific Administration. She died 17 May 1955.

Source: Biographical Register 1892 Ð 1939


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