Town Life in Australia

Town Life in Australia

R. E. N. Twopeny

A series of letters that would later be complied into a book, which compares the major cities of Australia, at the time Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, to each other and to those in the United Kingdom. Chapters include: A Walk Round Melbourne; Sydney; Adelaide; Houses; Furniture; Servants; Food; Dress; Young Australia; Social Relations; Religion And Morals; Education; Politics; Business; Shops; Amusements; Newspapers; and…

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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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The Passing of the Aborigines

The Passing of the Aborigines

Daisy Bates

Written by a somewhat controversial figure, this is the memoir of Daisy Bates, a self taught anthropologist who spent almost 4 decades studying Aboriginal life. Although this book became a highly influential international bestseller, its disreputable claims regarding Aboriginal cannibalism and infanticide, and the ‘doomed’ fate…

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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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Baloma; The Spirits of the Dead in the Trobriand Islands

Baloma; The Spirits of the Dead in the Trobriand Islands

Bronislaw Malinowski

The Trobriand Islanders of the Melanesian region, as well as many other cultures in the Australian and New Guinea regions, had a belief that there was no cause and effect relationship between sexual intercourse and pregnancy. As detailed in this monograph, the Trobrianders belived that the Baloma, the spirits of the dead, would return from the afterlife and impregnate women when they bathed in the lagoon, thus…

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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 sit well with some modern readers.
Tales include: Dinewan The Emu…

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A Source Book of Australian History

A Source Book of Australian History

Gwendolen H. Swinburne

From the Introduction: ‘The number of events described in a Source Book must necessarily be smaller than that in histories of another type; but the aim is to place the student in contact with the evidence of history in order that he may become his own historian by drawing his own deductions from the contemporary records. The greatest historian…

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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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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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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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