Aborigines of Victoria 1878
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Media: DATA CD - 1 CD (2 vols, 1040 pages)
Author: R. Smyth
Year: (1878) 2007
Publisher: Archive Digital Books Australasia
Robert Brough Smyth (1830-1889) was born in Northumberland, England, the son of a mining engineer. He published books on mining and one book about Aboriginal peoples called 'The 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.
Smyth emigrated to Australia, arriving in Melbourne in 1852 and spent time on the goldfields. He then took various positions with the Victorian survey and mining departments. He
resigned all his public offices in 1876, remaining only on the Aborigines Protection Board.
As a Board member Smyth had collected much information on culture and languages of the Aboriginal peoples of Victoria. The book arose from his efforts to gather information and artifacts of Victorian Aboriginal
cultures at a time when their vestiges were fast disappearing.
Produced in two large volumes, he has collected information on various tribes and their customs, as well as their physical and mental character; birth and education of children; marriage; death and burial of the dead; daily lives of the natives; food; diseases; dress and personal ornaments; weapons; implements and manufacturers; nets and fish hooks; methods of producing fire; canoes and myths. Smyth also devotes about two hundred pages to Aboriginal languages, as well as including details and customs of the aborigines in Tasmania.
Complete with hundreds of sketches, the work is still a valuable resource not only for those with in an interest in aboriginal culture, but also those wanting to know the early history of Australia.
High quality scanned images of the whole of the original book. This CD has been bookmarked for easy navigation, and pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.
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