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Account of Aboriginal customs in the north west of Western Australia, 1900 [manuscript]
Bib ID 52981
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Durlacher, John Slade, 1859-1918
 
Access Conditions Available for reference. Not for loan. 
Description 1900 
1 cm. (1 folder) 
Summary

An account of Aboriginal customs in the north west of Western Australia, based on the author's experiences in the region in the 1870s and 1880s. The manuscript is 125 pages in length and includes a twelve page vocabulary and 16 pencil drawings illustrating the text. Subjects covered in the text include pearling, camp life, dances, marriage customs, superstitions, tribal boundaries, burial ceremonies, body markings, hunting, fire-making, corroborees, fishing, war, food, gender relations and language difficulties.

Biography/History

J. S. Durlacher was a farmer at York in the north west of Western Australia from 1876 to 1885.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: NLA MS 8039.

Original held by State Archives of Western Australia.

Reproduction Photocopy. 
Subjects Aboriginal Australians -- Western Australia -- Social life and customs.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Western Australia -- Languages.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Western Australia -- Fishing.
Time Coverage 1876, 1885 

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