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  • Title
    Boxes 4-5: Survey forms and correspondence received by the Royal Anthropological Society of Australasia regarding Aboriginal place names, 1899-1903, 1921-1926
  • Call number
    MLMSS 7603/Boxes 4-5
  • Level of description
  • Date

    1899-1903, 1921-1926
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Physical Description
    2 boxes of textual material

    The Society asked members to collect information on Aboriginal place names. In about August 1899 the Society circulated copies of a form to the governments of each colony with a request that they be sent to government officials in local areas. The survey asked for 'Name of Place' and 'Meaning or reason why it was given'. Extracts from the lists were published in the Journal from about 1908 to 1913.
  • Scope and Content
    This series comprises the completed survey forms about Aboriginal place names which were returned to William Wentworth Bucknell, Honorary General Secretary of the Royal Anthropological Society of Australasia, with associated correspondence.

    BOX 4: New South Wales place names, 1899-1903

    Several hundred survey forms completed by police officers, district registrars, mining wardens and registrars, and district surveyors. The surveys were completed 1899-1900. Some lists are annotated with dates published in the Journal, 1901-1903. Some lists include other Aboriginal words, usually names of animals and birds. Includes letters received from government departments about the survey forms and some word lists sent in by individuals. Contributors include K. Langloh Parker. Includes contents list and index of places, compiled ca. 1991.
    FOLDER 1: pp. 1-117 A-C
    FOLDER 2: pp. 118-200 D-N
    FOLDER 3: pp. 201-311 M-S
    FOLDER 4: pp. 312-373 T-Y
    FOLDER 5: pp. 374-430 out of sequence and general correspondence

    BOX 5

    FOLDER 1: Western Australian place names, 1899-1903

    FOLDER 2: Queensland place names, 1900

    FOLDER 3: Victorian place names, 1899-1900

    FOLDERS 4-5: Further lists of Aboriginal place names, 1899-1901, 1921-1926

    FOLDER 6: New Zealand place names, 1900
  • System of arrangement
    Box 4: The New South Wales survey forms have been arranged alphabetically by the place or district in which the forms were completed. Some forms were returned to the Society in bundles gathered from different places and held by a split pin (now removed). These have been kept in the order of their original groupings, which means that the alphabetical sequence is sometimes disturbed.
  • Language
  • General note

    Microfilm copy available at CY 4555 (Box 4) and CY 4556 (Box 5/Folders 1,4,5)

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