The Aborigines of Western Australia

The Aborigines of Western Australia

Albert F. Calvert

This short book looks at the life and beliefs of The Aborigines of Western Australia. As with most of the books from this era and dealing with this type of subject, you have to be wary of the racism that underlines them. That said, the author was well intentioned. Calvert, who lists literally dozens of academic affiliations on the title page, does criticize his contemporaries for their treatment of Aborigines as subhumans. Throughout the essay…

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An Australian Language as Spoken by the Awabakal

An Australian Language as Spoken by the Awabakal

L. E. Threlkeld

An Australian Language As Spoken By The Awabakal, The People Of Awaba Of Lake Macquarie (Near Newcastle, New South Wales) Being An Account Of Their Language, Traditions, And Customs. From the Editors Preface: ‘This volume is issued by the Government of New South Wales, as a record of the language of native tribes that are rapidly disappearing from the coasts of Eastern Australia’.

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Australian Legendary Tales

Australian Legendary Tales

K. Langloh Parker

This is still one of the best available collections of Australian Aboriginal folklore. It was written for a popular audience, but the stories are retold with integrity, and not filtered, as was the case with similar books from this period. That said, the style of this book reflects Victorian sentimentality and, an occasional tinge of racism that may not…

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The Australian Race

The Australian Race

Edward M. Curr

The Australian race: its origin, languages, customs, place of landing in Australia, and the routes by which it spread itself over that continent. This is volume 3 of 4 volumes. This book takes us through vast areas of Australia, telling us about the life, languages, etc of that particular area. Includes lists of regional words, alongside their English equivalent.

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The Euahlayi Tribe

The Euahlayi Tribe

K. Langloh Parker

This is an effort by K. Langloh Parker to describe in formal terms her understanding of Euahlayi society. The resulting ethnography is factual and well written. Parker was obviously also familiar with the anthropological literature. As a female she had access to the women of the tribe, a viewpoint for which we have no other source from that time period.

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The Family among the Australian Aborigines

The Family among the Australian Aborigines

Bronislaw Malinowski

Written by one of the most important anthropologists of the 20th-century, this is an unflinching look at Australian Aborigines and their lives. Fair warning – the way the women and young girls are treated can make for depressing and disturbing reading. Chapters include: Exposition Of The Problem And Method; Modes Of Obtaining Wives; Husband And Wife…

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History of Australia and New Zealand

Alexander Sutherland And George Sutherland

Fully illustrated. Chapters include; The Early Discoverers; The Convict Settlement At Sydney, 1788-1800; The Discoveries Of Bass And Flinders; Discoveries In The Interior, 1817-1836; New South Wales, 1838-1850; Explorations In The Interior, 1840-1860; Tasmania, 1837-1890; The Times Of The Maoris; New Zealand, 1843-1890; and, White Men…

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History of the First Division During the World War, 1917-1919

History of the First Division During the World War, 1917-1919

The Society of the First Division

From the Introduction: In the following pages, it is intended to record briefly some of the accomplishments of the First Division in the World War. History cannot be written until the perspective of time unfolds to our vision the true relationship of events. It is proper, however, that those who participated in the stirring deeds of the Division, and those who were interested in its fortunes, should have the story of its life and progress…

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The Native Tribes of Central Australia

The Native Tribes of Central Australia

Baldwin Spencer

Illustrated. This anthropological study of the central Australian tribes is one of the primary sources for information on these cultures. Based on first-hand scholarly study just prior to the twentieth century, Spencer and Gillen describe their complex rituals and belief systems, including initiation ceremonies, kinship, mythology and material culture.

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Native Tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia

Native Tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia

Baldwin Spencer

From the Preface: ‘A motor trip during the months of August and September, in company with Dr. Gilruth, who had meanwhile been appointed Administrator of the Territory, enabled me to see something of the conditions under which the natives were living in a wide area of the country, extending as far southwards from Darwin as Newcastle Waters, and as far east as the Gulf of Carpentaria. Our trip was, of necessity, too hurried to enable me…

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