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Culture in translation : the anthropological legacy of R.H. Mathews / edited by Martin Thomas ; translations from the French by Mathilde de Hauteclocque and from the German by Christine Winter
Bib ID 4179354
Format BookBook
Mathews, R. H. (Robert Hamilton), 1841-1918
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Description Canberra : ANU E Press and Aboriginal History Inc., c2007 
xxii, 267 p. : maps, port. ; 26 cm. 
ISBN 9781921313240

Aboriginal history monograph ; 15.


"Almost 90 years on from his death, this is the first book-length collection of the writings of Robert Hamilton Mathews. It has been a long wait for the Australian-born surveyor who began his career as an anthropologist at the age of 52 with the 1893 publication of a brief paper on New South Wales rock art. Apart from a few short booklets, Mathews' book of 1905, Ethnological Notes on the Aboriginal Tribes of New South Wales and Victoria, was his only work of anthropology to be published as a freestanding volume. A reprint of a long article published the previous year, it was a modest tome in that age of doorstopper monographs - 'little more than a pamphlet' according to Mathews' friend, the British folklorist E. S. Hartland. There was certainly an expectation that a writer so prolific as Mathews would disseminate his work in a substantial book. As Arnold van Gennep, the Parisian anthropologist, pointed out to him, 'your publications are for the most part overlooked because they are scattered amongst a mass of periodicals and it is a very difficult matter to have them all at one time in hand....'. Van Gennep recommended that Mathews immediately arrange for their 'publication in 2 or 3 volumes' - advice endorsed by Hartland who was enlisted to work with Mathews ornithologist son Gregory, then living in England, to place a manuscript with a London publisher (see Correspondence, this volume). But these efforts were unsuccessful and R. H. Mathews died in 1918 without ever publishing his magnum opus." -- Publisher's description.


Includes bibliographical references.

Also available in an electronic version via the Internet from the publisher's home page:

Subjects Mathews, R. H. (Robert Hamilton), 1841-1918.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Social life and customs.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Languages.  |  Ethnology -- Australia.  |  Kurnu / Gunu language (D25) (NSW SH55-05)  |  Gubbi Gubbi / Kabi Kabi / Gabi Gabi people (E29) (Qld SG56-06)  |  Gundungurra / Gundungura /Gandangara people (S60) (NSW SI56-09)  |  Bundjalung / Banjalang people (E12) (NSW SH56-02)  |  Wailwan / Weilwan language (D20) (NSW SH55-11)  |  Stories and motifs.  |  Art - Rock art.  |  Social organisation - Kinship.  |  Kurnu / Gunu people (D25) (NSW SH55-05)  |  Bidawal / Bidwell people (S49) (Vic SJ55-08)  |  Ceremonies - Initiation.  |  Social organisation - Kinship - Systems.  |  Mount Coolangatta (NSW S Coast SI56-09)  |  Mortlake / Mount Shadwell (W Vic SJ54-12)
Other authors/contributors Thomas, Martin (Martin Edward), 1964-  |  De Hauteclocque, Mathilde  |  Winter, Christine  |  Aboriginal History Inc


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