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C. G. von (Carl Georg von) Brandenstein C. G. von (Carl Georg von) Brandenstein i(A68663 works by) (a.k.a. C. G. Von Brandenstein; Georg Von Brandenstein)
Born: Established: 10 Oct 1909 Hannover,
Western Europe, Europe,
; Died: Ceased: 8 Jan 2005 Albany, Albany area, Albany - Denmark - Mount Barker area, Far Southwest Western Australia, Western Australia,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: ca. 1941
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Dr Carl Georg von Brandenstein, a Count and the son of a Premier of the State of Thuringia, Von Brandenstein studied philosophy, history of religion and ancient Oriental languages at Berlin University before completing his Phd on Hittite gods at Leipzig University in 1939 . He was captured by the British in Teheran in 1941 and interned as a prisoner of war first at Loveday Camp, South Australia, and then, in 1945, at Tatura camp in Victoria. His wife Ellen and daughter Bettina were returned to what was to become East Germany. The separation lasted some years and the marriage ended in divorce in 1954.

Between 1964 and 1968, as a linguist and anthropologist with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, Brandenstein and his field assistant/second wife, Carola collected aboriginal songs from the Pilbara. His aboriginal name is Mandakambana (the name means 'burning stone', that is, 'Brandenstein'). Several of the languages, including Ngadju, that he recorded are now extinct, preserved only on his recordings.

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