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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson

A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson

Watkin Tench

Watkin Tench (6 October 1758 – 7 May 1833) was a British marine officer and part of the First Fleet, which established the first settlement in Australia in 1788. This book is one of two of his that provide an account of the arrival and the first four years of the colony.

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…

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…

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…

Legends of Maui

Legends of Maui

William D. Westervelt

This is a collection of lore related to the Polynesian culture-hero, Maui, particularly his labors in creating the world. The book also includes some myths about Hina, Maui’s mother, and several tales local to the Hawaiian islands.

Maori Religion and Mythology

Edward Shortland

Edward Shortland’s study is an important account of Maori mythology, religion and concepts of authority. This concise book is the result of years of careful research into Maori beliefs and customs, based on narratives and songs dictated to the author, or written down for him to translate. It includes a particularly detailed…

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…

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