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Papers, 1869-1907 [manuscript]
Bib ID 2278372
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Fison, Lorimer, 1832-1907
 
Access Conditions Available for reference. Not for loan. 
Description 1869-1907 
37 cm. (3 boxes, 3 fol.) 
Summary

1. Six letter books, 1869-1883. These contain letters, memoranda, word lists, sermons and essays. Subjects include Fijian kinship systems, Fijian riddles, cannibalism, blackbirding, the slave trade and mission administration. George Brown the Smithsonian Institute and various newspapers. 2. Letters to Fison from individuals including W.W. Skeat, A.W. Howitt, R.H. Codington, J.G. Frazer, Basil Thomson, J.B. Thurston and William McGregor. 3. Manuscripts and proofs of articles relating to Fijian, New Guinea and Australian Aboriginal kinship language and land tenure. 4. Notes and tables by Fison or Australian native languages; includes seven returned questionaires sent by Fison, and kinship tables for the Narrinyeri and several Murray River tribes. Some notes refer also to Fijian and Dobo languages. 5. Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, Vol. X (1874.) Includes article by Fison The Cassificatory System of Kinship' with notes on cover. Also includes: 1. Transcripts of Fison's letters to Goldwin Smith 1869-1870 and Lewis Morgan 1870-1873. 2. Transcripts of letters to Lewis Morgan 1875-1881. 3. Transcripts of letters to A.W. Howitt 1873-1879. 4. Transcripts of letters to A.W. Howitt 1879-1880. Also: transcripts of letters from vol. 2 of the letterbooks including (1) letter to Codrington and Tylor, (2) letters to Fison's family in England.

Biography/History

Lorimer Fison was a Wesleyan missionary, anthropologist and journalist. He worked in Fiji as a missionary from 1863-1871 and 1875-1884. Fison published influential works on Fijian systems of kinship and land tenure; later he conducted careful studies of Aboriginal culture and social organization.

Notes

Manuscript reference no. : NLA MS 7080.

Cited In

Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia ; E364.

Index/Finding Aid Note Descriptive list (2 p.) available. 
Subjects Fison, Lorimer, - 1832-1907 - Archives.  |  Missionaries - Australia - Archives.  |  Missionaries - Fiji - Archives.
Time Coverage 1869-1907 
Occupation Missionaries

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