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Aborigines of Victoria

Aborigines of Victoria
With Notes Relating to the Habits of the Natives of Other Parts of Australia and Tasmania Compiled from Various Sources for the Government of Victoria
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  • Date Published: June 2011
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from August 2021
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108006583

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About the Authors
  • Robert Brough Smyth (1830–1889) was a successful Melbourne-based mining engineer and civil servant whose international contacts included the geologist Adam Sedgwick. He also spent 16 years as Secretary of the Board for the Protection of the Aborigines. In this study of the society and customs of indigenous Australians in the Victoria region, first published in 1878, he combines his own observations with those of others who lived or worked closely with the Aboriginal population. Volume 1 discusses the Aborigines' physical and mental characteristics, demographics, social interaction, rituals, daily life and mythology. Comparisons are made throughout with other indigenous populations, particularly those of nearby Pacific and Indonesian islands. Volume 2 focuses on language. The nine essays by European settlers which form the appendices explore a variety of anthropological topics and shed light on the complex relationship that existed between the indigenous Australian population and the European immigrants.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108006583
    • length: 1068 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 171 x 55 mm
    • weight: 1.72kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from August 2021
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Physical characteristics
    2. Mental character
    3. Number and distribution of the aborigines
    4. Birth and education of children
    5. Marriage
    6. Death, and burial of the dead
    7. A native encampment
    8. Food
    9. Diseases
    10. Dress and personal ornaments
    11. Ornamentation
    12. Offensive weapons
    13. Defensive weapons
    14. Weapons and implements of the West Australians
    15. Implements and manufactures
    16. Stone implements
    17. Nets and fish-hooks
    18. Methods of producing fire
    19. Canoes
    20. Myths. Volume 2:
    21. Languages
    The Aboriginals of Tasmania

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    Robert Brough Smyth

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