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Papers of Daisy Bates, 1833-1990 [manuscript]
Bib ID 1377317
Format ManuscriptManuscript, OnlineOnline
Bates, Daisy, 1859-1951
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Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1833-1990] 
10.47 m. (53 boxes) + 2 fol. boxes. 

The bulk of MS 365 is the manuscript of Daisy Bates' work "The native tribes of Western Australia", written during her period of service with the Western Australian Government from 1904 to 1912. It comprises 99 "folios" split between Sections I to XIII. Each page has been item-numbered within the "folios". Many of the drafts have been annotated by A.R. Radcliffe-Brown, a British social anthropologist (53 boxes, 2 fol. boxes).


Daisy May Bates, whose birthdate has only recently been verified by research in Ireland (it was previously believed to be 1863) was a social worker and anthropologist who lived with Aboriginal people for more than thirty years and wrote about their language and customs.


Manuscript reference no.: MS 365.

Maps from this collection have been transferred to the Map Section, National Library of Australia.

Also available on microfilm at the National Library of Australia Main Reading Room - Newspapers and Family History at mfm G 28316-28373.

Selected item(s) also available online

The native tribes of Western Australia / Daisy Bates ; edited by Isobel White. Canberra : National Library of Australia, 1985.

Related Material Daisy Bates at Cocklebiddy, South Australia, 1932; Located at; National Library of Australia Pictures collection PIC P2075.  Daisy Bates interviewed by Russell Henderson; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 160.  Daisy Bates special map collection; Located at; National Library of Australia Maps collection MAP Daisy Bates Special Col. /1-116  Digital Daisy Bates project; Located at; School of Languages and Linguistics at The University of Melbourne.  Daisy Bates Digital Archive; Located at; The Barr Smith Library at The University of Adelaide. 
Source of Acquisition Transcripts of this collection, made by the Commonwealth, are held in the Barr Smith Library, Adelaide, and the J.S. Battye Library, Perth. 
Cited In

Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia, A979.

Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available online. 
Subjects Bates, Daisy, 1859-1951 -- Archives.  |  Social workers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Women social workers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Anthropologists -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Women anthropologists -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Languages.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Social life and customs.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Western Australia.  |  Ethnology -- Australia.  |  Australia -- Languages.
Time Coverage 1833-1990 
Occupation Anthropologists.  |  Social workers.
Other authors/contributors Radcliffe-Brown, A. R. (Alfred Reginald), 1881-1955
Terms of Use Copying of Daisy Bates' copyright material permitted for research purposes. 
Exhibited Exhibited: "Treasures Gallery", National Library of Australia, 7 October 2011 - 15 December 2012. 

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