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On some customs of the aborigines of the River Darling, New South Wales / by Frederic Bonney
Bib ID 2403248
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline
Bonney, Frederic, 1842-1921
Online Versions
Description London : Harrison and Sons, 1883 
16 pages ; 22 cm. 

Rex Nan Kivell Collection ; NK6388.


Bungyarlee (north Mt. Murchison) & Parkungi (River Darling, Wilcannia) speak Weyneubulckoo, as do Baroongee (lower Poroo river), Mullia-arpa (Yencanyah district), Wombungee (Fort Bourke district, Upper Darling), Bo-arlee (Barrier Ranges), Tungarlee; (Lower Darling); Epidemic depletes tribes (1850) General physical description; temporary camp made by pregnant woman, frequent infanticide, method; Care of children, cicatrization & ornaments; Initiation ceremony; tooth avulsion, bull-roarer, blood drinking ritual, smoking ceremony; Descent taken from mother; marital life; Methods of pointing the bone, medicine man - examples of the power of curing sickness by sucking - native remedies & treatment of illness, kindness to the sick; Funerary rites, method of questioning corpse, removal of piece of flesh, lamentation; distribution of dried flesh to relatives; Camp vacated after death; Mourning by women continues; Near relative avenges death.


"Reprinted from the Journal of the Anthropological Institute, November, 1883" -- p. 16.

Decorated endpapers.

Cover title.

National Library of Australia's NK6388 copy bears the bookplate of Rex de C. Nan Kivell (no. 1883/17).

NK6388 copy Also available online

Rex Nan Kivell Collection NK6388.

Cited In

Ferguson, J.A. Bibliography of Australia, 7187

Subjects Aboriginal Australians -- New South Wales -- Darling River Region -- Social life and customs.  |  Religion - Rites - Bloodletting.  |  Barindji people (D12) (NSW SI54-04)  |  Religion - After death beliefs.  |  Barindji language (D12) (NSW SI54-04)  |  Health - Treatments - Traditional - Clever people.  |  Wiljali people (D13) (NSW SH54-15)  |  Wathawurrung / Wada wurrung / Wathaurong people (S29) (Vic SJ54-12)  |  Body - Scarification.  |  Ngiyampaa / Wangaaybuwan / Wongaibon language (D18) (NSW SI55-02)  |  Feuds and warfare - Avenging.  |  Danggali language (D14) (SA SI54-06)  |  Ceremonies - Smoking ceremonies.  |  Barundji language (NSW SH55-05)  |  Bolali language (D11) (NSW SH54-16)  |  Death - Mortuary / funeral ceremonies.  |  Initiation - Tooth avulsion.  |  Malyangapa / Malyangaba language (L8) (NSW SH54-11)  |  Paakantyi / Paakantji / Barkindji language (D12) (NSW SI54-03)  |  Danggali people (D14) (SA SI54-06)  |  Ceremonies - Initiation.  |  Bolali people (D11) (NSW SH54-16)  |  Wandjiwalgu people (D21) (NSW SH54-12)  |  Paakantyi / Paakantji / Barkindji people (D12) (NSW SI54-03)  |  Health - Physiology and diseases.  |  Wangaaybuwan / Wongaibon people (D18) (NSW SI55-02)  |  Child welfare - Child / parent separation - Stolen generations.  |  Nawalgu language (D19) (NSW SH55-13)  |  Indigenous knowledge - Health and medicine.  |  Death - Mourning.  |  Social organisation - Kinship - Matrilineal systems.  |  Barundji people (NSW SH55-05)  |  Religion - Rites - Ceremonial objects - Bullroarers.  |  Wandjiwalgu language (D21) (NSW SH54-12)  |  Nawalgu people (D19) (NSW SH55-13)  |  Malyangapa / Malyangaba people (L8) (NSW SH54-11)  |  Reproduction - Pregnancy.  |  Wathawurrung / Wada wurrung / Wathaurong language (S29) (Vic SJ54-12)  |  Wiljali language (D13) (NSW SH54-15)  |  Darling River (NSW SH55, SI54)  |  Southwest New South Wales (SW NSW SI54, SI55)  |  Murdi Paaki / Bourke (N NSW SH55-10)  |  Mount Murchison (NW NSW SH54-16)  |  Wilcannia (NW NSW SH54-16)

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