Bates, Daisy (1859-1951)

Also known as
Bates, CBE, Daisy May (1863-1951)
Bates, Daisy Mary (1859-1951)
Bates, Daisy May, CBE (1863-1951)
Bates, Daisy May (1863-1951)
Kabbarli (1859-1951)
O'Dwyer, Daisy (1863-1951)
Field of activity
Anthropologist; Journalist; anthropologist
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http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an35015083
NLA Persistent Identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-458582

Biographies

Daisy May Bates (1863-1951), welfare worker among Aboriginals and anthropologist, was born on 16 October 1863 in Tipperary, Ireland, daughter of James Edward O'Dwyer, gentleman, and his wife Marguarette,...

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A self-taught anthropologist, Daisy Bates conducted fieldwork amongst several Indigenous nations in western and southern Australia. She supported herself largely by writing articles for urban newspapers on such topics as 'native cannibalism' and the 'doomed' fate of Indigenous peoples. Bates also published her work on Indigenous kinship systems, marriage laws, language and religion in books and articles. She was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for Aboriginal welfare work in 1934.

Daisy May Bates first arrived in Australia in 1884 and worked as a governess in Berry, New South Wales from 1884-1885. She worked on the in London, 1894-1899, gaining expertise in journalism.

From 1899-1900 she was at the Trappist mission, Beagle Bay, north of Broome and in 1904 was appointed by the Western Australian government to research the tribes of the State. Bates was a member of an expedition led by A.R. Radcliffe-Brown to study the social anthropology of Aboriginal people of north-west Australia in 1910.

Over more than twenty years Bates camped at several locations in South Australia and Western Australia; Eucla, 1912-1914; near Yalata, 1915-1918; and near Ooldea, 1918-1934; She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for Aboriginal welfare work on January 1, 1934. She was a member of the British Royal Anthropological Institute and the Australasian Anthropological Institute.

Bates wrote her autobiography 'My natives and I' in a tent at Pyap, South Australia, 1935-1940. This was serialised in and later edited and published as in 1938. Her articles appeared in several newspapers, including , , , and .

She lived in Wynbring, east of Ooldea, South Australia from 1941 until old age and failing health led her to return to Adelaide in 1945, where she remained until her death in 1951.

Bates is remembered in an ambivalent light by Indigenous and non-Indigenous folk-lore, and has been represented in children's literature, theatre, film and opera. According to the , Bates was given the affectionate name 'Kabbarli', meaning 'grandmotherly person'; the records that Anangu people living at Yalata have referred to Bates as 'Daiji Bate mamu' ('mamu' meaning ghost or devil) and as 'that poor old lady at Ooldea.'

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Daisy May Bates worked for many years as a welfare worker amongst the Aboriginal tribes of Western Australia and through this she built up an extensive anthropological knowledge of Aboriginal cultures which she recorded in numerous articles and her autobiography. The Aboriginals gave her the affectionate name of "Kabbarli", meaning grandmotherly person. Her place in Australian folk-lore has been formalised by the opera, "The young Kabbarlie", witten by Lady Casey to music by Margaret Sutherland.

  • Life event - Arrived in Australia
  • Career position - Governess at Berry, New South Wales
  • Career position - Study of journalism on the , London
  • Career position - Trappist mission to Beagle Bay in the north of Broome
  • Career position - Appointed by the Western Australian Government to research the tribes of the State
  • Career position - Member of an expedition led by A.R. Radcliffe-Brown (q.v.) to study the social anthropology of Aboriginals of the north-west
  • Career position - Camped at Eucla
  • Career position - Camped at Eucla
  • Career position - Aboriginal welfare work at Ooldea
  • Award - Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
  • Career position - Wrote her autobiography , in a tent at Pyap
  • Career position - Lived in Wynbring, east of Ooldea
  • Career position - Lived in Adelaide

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Mrs. Daisy Bates, C.B.E. — "Kabbarli" (grandmother) to aborigines throughout Western Australia, South Australia, Central Australia, and the Northern Territory — died in her sleep in an Adelaide...

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  1. The passing of the aborigines : a lifetime spent among the natives of Australia / Daisy Bates ; with a foreword by Alan Moorehead, and an introduction by Arthur Mee
    Bates, Daisy, 1859-1951
    [ Book, Map : 1938-2009 ]
    Languages: English;Undetermined, [1 other]
    View online
    At 118 libraries
    The passing of the aborigines : a lifetime spent among the natives of Australia / Daisy Bates ; with a foreword by Alan Moorehead, and an introduction by Arthur Mee
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 55.394)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 55.394)

  2. Daisy Bates : keeper of totems / written by Anne Bartlett
    Bartlett, Anne, 1951-
    [ Book : 1997 ]
    At 54 libraries
    Daisy Bates : keeper of totems / written by Anne Bartlett
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 47.955)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 47.955)

  3. The native tribes of Western Australia / Daisy Bates ; edited by Isobel White
    Bates, Daisy, 1859-1951
    [ Book : 1985 ]
    At 70 libraries
    The native tribes of Western Australia / Daisy Bates ; edited by Isobel White
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 27.896)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 27.896)

  4. My natives and I : incorporating The passing of the Aborigines : a lifetime spent among the natives of Australia / Daisy Bates ; edited by P.J. Bridge ; with an introduction by Bob Reece
    Bates, Daisy, 1859-1951
    [ Book : 1932-2004 ]
    At 29 libraries
    My natives and I : incorporating The passing of the Aborigines : a lifetime spent among the natives of Australia / Daisy Bates ; edited by P.J. Bridge ; with an introduction by Bob Reece
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 22.671)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 22.671)

  5. My natives and I : life story of Daisy M. Bates
    Bates, Daisy, 1859-1951
    [ Unpublished : 1936 ]
    At UQ Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 21.956)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 21.956)

  6. Papers of Daisy Bates
    Bates, Daisy, 1859-1951
    [ Unpublished : 1905-1921 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.787)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.787)

  7. Correspondence of Daisy Bates
    Bates, Daisy, 1859-1951
    [ Unpublished : 1941-1943 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 16.834)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 16.834)

  8. [Collection of newscuttings serialising "My natives and I" by Daisy M. Bates]
    Bates, Daisy, 1859-1951
    [ Published : 1936 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 16.709)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 16.709)

  9. Tales told to Kabbarli : Aboriginal legends / collected by Daisy Bates ; retold by Barbara Ker Wilson ; illustrated by Harold Thomas
    Ker Wilson, Barbara, 1929-
    [ Book, Audio book : 1972-1989 ]
    At 67 libraries
    Tales told to Kabbarli : Aboriginal legends / collected by Daisy Bates ; retold by Barbara Ker Wilson ; illustrated by Harold Thomas
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 16.494)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 16.494)

  10. Papers of Daisy Bates
    Bates, Daisy, 1859-1951
    [ Unpublished : 1905-1913 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 15.418)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 15.418)

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  1. The passing of the aborigines : a lifetime spent among the natives of Australia / Daisy Bates ; with a foreword by Alan Moorehead, and an introduction by Arthur Mee
    Bates, Daisy, 1859-1951
    [ Book, Map : 1938-2009 ]
    Languages: English;Undetermined, [1 other]
    View online
    At 118 libraries
    The passing of the aborigines : a lifetime spent among the natives of Australia / Daisy Bates ; with a foreword by Alan Moorehead, and an introduction by Arthur Mee
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 53.317)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 53.317)

  2. Daisy Bates : keeper of totems / written by Anne Bartlett
    Bartlett, Anne, 1951-
    [ Book : 1997 ]
    At 54 libraries
    Daisy Bates : keeper of totems / written by Anne Bartlett
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 47.521)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 47.521)

  3. The native tribes of Western Australia / Daisy Bates ; edited by Isobel White
    Bates, Daisy, 1859-1951
    [ Book : 1985 ]
    At 70 libraries
    The native tribes of Western Australia / Daisy Bates ; edited by Isobel White
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 26.85)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 26.85)

  4. My natives and I : life story of Daisy M. Bates
    Bates, Daisy, 1859-1951
    [ Unpublished : 1936 ]
    At UQ Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 22.432)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 22.432)

  5. My natives and I : incorporating The passing of the Aborigines : a lifetime spent among the natives of Australia / Daisy Bates ; edited by P.J. Bridge ; with an introduction by Bob Reece
    Bates, Daisy, 1859-1951
    [ Book : 1932-2004 ]
    At 29 libraries
    My natives and I : incorporating The passing of the Aborigines : a lifetime spent among the natives of Australia / Daisy Bates ; edited by P.J. Bridge ; with an introduction by Bob Reece
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 22.308)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 22.308)

  6. Papers of Daisy Bates
    Bates, Daisy, 1859-1951
    [ Unpublished : 1905-1921 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.761)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.761)

  7. Desert queen : the many lives and loves of Daisy Bates / Susanna De Vries
    De Vries, Susanna
    [ Audio book, Book : 2008-2012 ]
    Possibly online
    At 129 libraries
    Desert queen : the many lives and loves of Daisy Bates / Susanna De Vries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.656)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.656)

  8. Daisy Bates 'the great white queen of the never never' / [Elizabeth Salter]
    Salter, Elizabeth, 1918-1981
    [ Book : 1971-1973 ]
    At 87 libraries
    Daisy Bates 'the great white queen of the never never' / [Elizabeth Salter]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 17.68)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 17.68)

  9. [Collection of newscuttings serialising "My natives and I" by Daisy M. Bates]
    Bates, Daisy, 1859-1951
    [ Published : 1936 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 16.683)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 16.683)

  10. Correspondence of Daisy Bates
    Bates, Daisy, 1859-1951
    [ Unpublished : 1941-1943 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 16.607)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 16.607)

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  1. Daisy Bates (1982 - )
    Daisy Bates (1982 - )
    Created by NLAdance, 10 items.

    Barry Moreland's Daisy Bates, choreographed for Sydney Dance Company to a commissioned score by Carl Vines, premiered at the Regent Theatre, Sydney, on November 4, 1982. Charles Blackman ...

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  2. daisy bates
    daisy bates
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  3. My Natives and I, By Daisy M. Bates, West Australian (Perth)
    My Natives and I, By Daisy M. Bates, West Australian (Perth)
    Created by Ruben, 32 items.

    Keywords: Aborigines, Daisy May Bates (née O'Dwyer) 1863-1951
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  1. Sutherland, M., (Margaret) (1897-1984)
    ... Young Kabbarli, based on an incident in the life of Daisy Bates, was composed in 1964, and received its ...
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  2. Monop, William (1843-1913)
    ... drawings by Williap Monop (Manop or Monap) are preserved in a sketchbook in the papers of Daisy Bates at ...
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  3. Winmar, Roma (1944-)
    ... collection of William McMahon while he was Prime Minister. Other honours Winmar received include the 'Daisy ...
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  1. Website: Bright sparcs
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  2. Website: Mura gadi
    www.nla.gov.au
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  3. Website: 200 Australian Women
    www.200australianwomen.com
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    • Daisy May Bates - 5/11/2007
    • ... May Bates]Daisy Bates 1859 - 1951 journalist Daisy May Bates (1859-1951), journalist, was born...
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  1. Using primary sources.(letter from civil rights activist Daisy Bates to secretary of the NAACP, 1957)(school desegragation, Arkansas)
    Bates, Daisy
    Current Events, a Weekly Reader publication
    [ Article : 2004 ]
    View online (conditions apply)
    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.26)

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  2. Daisy Bates
    Witcombe, Eleanor
    Australian
    [ Article : 2-3 ]
    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.246)

    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.246)

  3. The Irishness of Daisy Bates
    Reece, Bob
    Quadrant
    [ Article : 2008 ]
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    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.202)

  4. Daisy Bates and Harry 'Breaker' Morant
    Maloney, Shane; Grosz, Chris
    Monthly, The
    [ Article : 2007 ]
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    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.198)

    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.198)

  1. my NATIVES and I CHAPTER 14.
    Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954) Thursday 23 April 1936 p 10 Article Illustrated
    ... my NATIVES and I CHAPTER 14. By Daisy. M. Bates I Remained at my Eucla camp till 1914, when an ... 5035 words
    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 1.261)

    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 1.261)

  2. Daisy Bates.
    The Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954) Thursday 3 May 1951 p 1 Article
    ... Daisy Bates. The passing of this aged, but well   known personality has taken from us   ... 224 words
    • Text last corrected on 3 January 2014 by ooohgetyou
    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.645)

    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.645)

  3. DAISY BATES
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Tuesday 22 May 1951 p 4 Article
    ... DAISY BATES —<>— A committee has been formed in Adelaide to collect funds for a memorial to ... Mrs. Daisy Bates. Subscriptions may be sent to the Daisy Bates Memorial Committee, c/- South Austra ... 37 words
    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.643)

    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.643)

  1. Correspondence, papers and cuttings
    Bates, Daisy May, 1859-1951
    [ Unpublished : 1912-1934 ]
    At RGSSA Library
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.433)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.433)

  2. Daisy Bates Papers, 1946-1966
    Bates, Daisy, 1914[?]-1999
    [ Unpublished, Sound : 1946 ]
    View online
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.222)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.222)

  3. Letters from Daisy Bates
    Symon, Lesley Kilmeny, 1885-1969
    [ Unpublished : 1946 ]
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.118)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.118)

  1. Daisy Bates Papers, 1946-1966
    Bates, Daisy, 1914[?]-1999
    [ Unpublished, Sound : 1946 ]
    View online
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.222)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.222)

  2. Kabbarli : the Daisy Bates story / writer/director, Andrew G. Taylor
    Australian Film Commission
    [ Video : 2002-2010 ]
    At 3 libraries
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.208)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.208)

  3. Daisy Bates
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2007 ]
    View online
    At ABC Radio National
    Daisy Bates
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.181)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.181)

  4. The bogeyman in the garden / Dianne Bates ; illustrated by Mark David
    Bates, Dianne, 1948-
    [ Book, Audio book : 1996-2008 ]
    At 13 libraries
    The bogeyman in the garden / Dianne Bates ; illustrated by Mark David
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.14)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.14)

  1. Daisy Bates, great dame of the desert
    Dunn, John
    Outback (Sydney, NSW)
    [ Map, Article : 2003 ]
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    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.15)

  2. The archaeology of Daisy Bates' campsite at Ooldea, South Australia
    Colley, Sarah; Brockwell, Sally; Gara, Tom; Cane, Scott
    Australian Archaeology
    [ Article, Map : 1989 ]
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    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.141)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.141)

  3. Introduction, [to the account of Olive Muriel Pink's, anthropologist, life at Ooldea with Mrs Daisy Bates]
    Marcus, Julie
    Bulletin (Olive Pink Society)
    [ Map, Article : 1998 ]
    View online (conditions apply)
    This resource may only be vaguely related to your query: matching terms may only have been found in the full text contents of the resource (score: 0.05)

    This resource may only be vaguely related to your query: matching terms may only have been found in the full text contents of the resource (score: 0.05)

  1. Please understand me : character & temperament types / David Keirsey, Marilyn Bates
    Keirsey, David
    [ Book : 1978-1984 ]
    Read online at Open Library/Internet Archive
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    At 71 libraries
    Please understand me : character & temperament types / David Keirsey, Marilyn Bates
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.268)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.268)

  2. The Bates method for better eyesight without glasses / William H. Bates
    Bates, William H., 1860-1931
    [ Book : 1920-2001 ]
    Languages: English;Russian, [1 other]
    Read online at Open Library/Internet Archive
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    At 33 libraries
    The Bates method for better eyesight without glasses / William H. Bates
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.264)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.264)

  3. Dressed to kill : Jazz Age fashion from Virginia's / Virginia Bates & Daisy Bates ; foreword by Suzy Menkes ; essays by John Galliano [and three others]
    Bates, Virginia, 1943-
    [ Book : 2012 ]
    At 14 libraries
    Dressed to kill : Jazz Age fashion from Virginia's / Virginia Bates & Daisy Bates ; foreword by Suzy Menkes ; essays by John Galliano [and three others]
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.246)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.246)

  4. Broadband telecommunications handbook / Regis J. Bates
    Bates, Regis J
    [ Book : 1999-2002 ]
    Read online at Open Library/Internet Archive
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    At 23 libraries
    Broadband telecommunications handbook / Regis J. Bates
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.193)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.193)

  1. Daisy Bates with Aborigines
    [ Photograph : 1910-1911 ]
    Daisy Bates with Aborigines
  2. Mrs Daisy M. Bates who is in charge...
    [ Photograph : 1921 ]
    Mrs Daisy M. Bates who is in charge of the Native Camp, Ooldea, East-West Railway
  3. Daisy M. Bates
    [ Photograph : 1935 ]
    Daisy M. Bates
  4. Daisy Bates at Cocklebiddy, South A...
    [ Photograph : 1932 ]
    Daisy Bates at Cocklebiddy, South Australia, 1932
  5. Daisy M. Bates
    Moore's Studio,...
    [ Photograph : 1936 ]
    Daisy M. Bates
  6. Letters
    Bates, Daisy, 1...
    [ Photograph : 1918-1946 ]