Item F3843 - Vocabularies of four representative tribes of South Eastern Queensland, with grammatical notes thereof, and some notes on manners and customs. Also, a list of aboriginal place names and their derivations.

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F3843

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Vocabularies of four representative tribes of South Eastern Queensland, with grammatical notes thereof, and some notes on manners and customs. Also, a list of aboriginal place names and their derivations.

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  • 1939? (Creation)

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1 volume (271 leaves) : map ; 33 cm.

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(1868-1947)

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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.

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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.

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  • Australian Language
  • English

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The typescript has been professional bound.

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Users are warned that there may be words and descriptions which may be culturally sensitive and which might not normally be used in certain public or community contexts. Terms and annotations which reflect the creator's attitude or that of the period in which the item was written may be considered inappropriate today in some circumstances.

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991014233399503131

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Created, Linda Justo, 18-Jun-2021.

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