Item F1811 - Gaiarbau's story of the Jinibara tribe of South East Queensland (and its neighbours)

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Gaiarbau's story of the Jinibara tribe of South East Queensland (and its neighbours)


  • [1957?] (Creation)

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[165] leaves, bound ; ill., b & w, maps ; 27 cm.

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Lindsey Page Winterbotham was born on 14 April 1887 in North Adelaide, South Australia. Studied medicine, graduating from University of Melbourne in 1908. Work as a medical practitioner in Brisbane. He lectured in medical ethics at the University of Queensland and was patron of the university's medical society from 1943 to 1944. In 1948 Winterbotham, H.J. Wilkinson and F. S. Coliver establsihed the Anthropoligcal Socety of Queensland which aided to preserve the indigenous cultures of Australia, New Zealand, and Papua and New Guinea. In the same year he donated his collection of artefacts to the University of Queensland and an ethnoligcal museum was established, with him as honorary curator. He died on 26 February 1960 in South Brisbane.

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Born in Kilcoy, Queensland. Died in a Salvation Army Home in Brisbane.

Gaiarbau contributed to Caroline Kelly's anthropological research conducted at Barambah Aboriginal Settlement (Cherbourg) during the early 1930s.

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Spine title: The Jinibara tribe of S.E. Queensland

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This carbon copy typescript recounts the story of Gaiarbau as told to Lindsay Winterbotham. In it Gaiarbau describes the form of tribal government, details of daily life, community, and relations with others outside of the community. This copy has many handwritten emendations. Illustrations consist of black and white photographs. Preface written by Norman B. Tindale. Index of contents is available at the end of the volume. Contents, as edited: Chapter I. The tribes and their areas, -- Chapter II. The Jinibara. -- Chapter III. Jinibara Tribal Goverment. [The Bora , and] Tribal Council [and Gundir]. -- Chapter IV. Daily Life. -- Chapter V. Community life. -- Chapter VI. Story Telling. -- Chapter VII. Conduct of fights and weapons used. -- Chapter VIII. Intertribal activities. Walkabout. -- Chapter IX. Pygmies (Dinderis).

Content advice: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are warned that this resource contains mention of ceremony. It may contain images, transcripts or names of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples now deceased. It may also contain historically and culturally sensitive words, terms, and descriptions.

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Unrestricted access.

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Copyright applies.

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  • Australian Language
  • English

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In English and Dalla Language.

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Material from this collection has been cited in:

Memmott P, Kerkhove R, Bond A, Sandy D, Kane J, & Thomson L (2022) ‘The Re-Invention of the Goori Cultural Landscape: Telling the Country: Mapping Two Pockets’, Cartographica, 57(1):65–79, doi:10.3138/cart-2021-0022.

Strong, Michael. 'One ring to rule them all?' Towards understanding the plethora of bora grounds in southeastern Queensland. Queensland History Journal, Vol. 22, No. 12, Feb 2016: 859-877.

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This item may contain culturally sensitive words or descriptions, some of which might not normally be used in certain public or community contexts.


This item is available in UQ eSpace as mediated access.

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28266757 ; 63005026

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62545856 ; 1058059037

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62545856 ; 1058059037

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Revised, Linda Justo, 18-Nov-2022. Revised, Linda Justo, 8-Jun-2021. Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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