File File 17 - 'Aboriginal vocabulary, supplied at Jimbour'

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UQFL79-Series F-Subseries 2-File 17


'Aboriginal vocabulary, supplied at Jimbour'


  • 1897 (Creation)

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1 folder

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Eldest child of Joshua Peter and Margaret Miller Bell (nee Douglas), Joshua Thomas Bell (also known as Joey) was born 13 March 1863 at Ipswich, Queensland. Educated at the Brisbane Grammar School, Joshua Thomas entered Trinity Hall, Cambridge, England in 1881. He returned to Queensland in 1889 and in 1893 he was elected Member for Dalby. In 1903 he married Catherine Jane Jones (nee Ferguson, widow of Sydney Jones) (1867-1943). They had two children: Joshua Peter Ferguson (1907-1997) and Margot Margaret Maxwell (1908-1929) . Joshua Thomas Bell was part of the Arthur Morgan and William Kidston ministries. He was Minister for Lands, Minister for Railways, Home Secretary and Speaker. He died on 10 March 1911 at "Rakeevan", the Graceville residence of John Ferguson, father of Catherine Ferguson.

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One typescript page and seven handwritten pages, of various sizes, with lists of Aboriginal Australian words. Three pages with pen handwritting have a note across the first page saying they were given to Joshua Thomas Bell at Jimbour on 2 Mar 1897 and appear to be from the envelope with the notes 'Aboriginal Vocabulary, supplied at jimbour, 2nd March 1897, by 'old Combo, Darlo, and Nipper. JTB'. Some pages are written in pencil and there is one page of typescript. There is a handwritten note inserted in this file (with the date 17 Jun 2010 printed at the bottom) that says Darlo spoke Yarrawa [sic] dialect, the dialect ... Jimbour to Dalby'; Old Combo came from Big River, New South Wales and spoke the Hamilario [?] N.S.W. dialect [possibly Gamilaroi ?]

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  • Australian Language
  • English

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Box 5 Folder 10

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Created, Linda Justo, 27-Jul-2021.




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  • Box: UQFL79 Box 5