- 1939? (Creation)
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1 volume (271 leaves) : map ; 33 cm.
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Frederic James was 7 years old when he and his family immigrated to Australia, arriving in Queensland on 27 March 1876. He worked as an engineer and later as an officer for the Department of Agriculture and Stock. After retiring Watson spent most of his time studying the traditions and languages of the south-eastern aboriginal people. Watson was a fellow and associate member of the Queensland Place Names Committee. He died on 10 April 1967.
From the Hayes collection
Previously catalogued as Hayes Quarto PL7091.Q4 W38 195*
Cover title: Vocabularies of four representative south eastern Queensland tribes
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Draft typescript with handwritten emendations. This manuscript contains vocabularies for the Kabi-kabi, Wakka-wakka, Yugarabul and Yugumbir languages. The twelve page preface includes notes on grammar and pronunciation, pronunciation of letters, and grammar of the Yugumbir, Yugarabul and Wakka languages. The chapters: Vocabulary: English - Kabi and Kabi - English (78 leaves); Vocabulary: English - Yugumbir and Yugumbir - English (68 leaves); Vocabulary: English - Yugarabul and Yugarabul - English (29 leaves), Declension of a noun of the Yugarabul language (adapted from the work of Rev. W. Ridley) (1 leaf); Vocabulary: English - Wakka and Wakka - English (24 leaves); Some notes on the manners and customs of the aborigines of South East Queensland; Aboriginal place names of South-east Queensland; Index of names; and a map of south east Queensland. A railways map of south east Queensland has beeen coloured by Watson to show the lingual divisions and has the date of 1939.
It was published as a Supplement to the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (Queensland) no. 34, vol. XLVII in 1944.
Content advice: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are warned that this resource 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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- Australian Language
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Contains Gubbi Gubbi, Wakka Wakka, Yugambeh and Yugarabul languages.
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The typescript has been bound.
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- Gubbi Gubbi language E29
- Gubbi Gubbi people E29
- Wakka Wakka language E28
- Wakka Wakka people E28
- Yugarabul language E66
- Yugarabul people E66
- Yugambeh language E17
- Yugambeh people E17
- Australian languages -- Glossaries, vocabularies, etc.
- Names, Geographical -- Queensland
- Aboriginal Australians -- Queensland -- History
- South East Queensland (SE Qld SG56, SH56)
- Language -- Vocabulary --Word lists
- Names, Geographical -- Aboriginal Australian
- Gubbi-Gubbi language
- Wakawaka language
- Yugambeh dialect
- Yugambeh-Bundjalung dialects
- Aboriginal Australians
- Gubbi Gubbi (Australian people)
- Wakawaka (Australian people)
- Philosophy, Aboriginal Australian
- Religion -- Rites -- Ceremonial grounds
- Ceremonies -- Initiation
- Language -- Texts and translations -- Aboriginal to non-Aboriginal language
- Language -- Vocabulary -- Place names
- Names, Geographical
- Australian languages
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Revised, MSB, 10-Jul-2023.
Revised, SJB, 18-Nov-2022.
Revised, Linda Justo, 18-Nov-2022. Created, Linda Justo, 18-Jun-2021.