An account of the English colony in New South Wales : with remarks on the dispositions, customs, manners, &c of the native inhabitants of that country to which are added, some particulars of New Zealand, compiled, by permission, from the Mss. from Lieutenant-Governor King / by David Collins Collins, David, 1756-1810

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Collins, David, 1756-1810
New South Wales - History - 1788-1851.; New South Wales - Description and travel.; Aboriginal Australians - New South Wales - Social life and customs.
v.1 Compiled from manuscripts of Lieutenant-Governor King; Throughout book - Encounters and clashes with natives at Botany Bay, Hawkesbury River, Parramatta, Sydney (1788-1796); Smallpox epidemic; Tribal conflict; Natives of Port Stephens; Two natives to England, 1792; Conduct of Bennelong after return from England, 1795; Appendices I-XII; Some detailed information on natives of Botany Bay, Port Jackson, Broken Bay - government and leadership; religion; appearance; bodily ornamentations and mutilations; shelters; ways of catching fish; types of food; courtship & marriage; description of childbirth; childrens recreation; initiation ceremonies; description of front tooth extraction; a tribal contest; weapons; customs of revenge after the death of a person or an insult; diseases & treatment; character of natives; funeral ceremonies; General remarks about language; Vocabulary (approx. 350 words), 13 words which give difference between coastal & inland dialect; Some words of two songs; Gweagal; Cam-mer-ray-gal tribe north of Port Jackson; Wahn-gal; Bediagal; Tugagal; Booroobirronggal; v.2 includes accounts of conflict between settlers and Aborigines; activities of Bennelong and Cole-be; conflict among Aborigines at Sydney; trial by spear; infanticide; reference to language and material culture of Twofold Bay Aborigines; physical description of and discussion on material culture of the Tasmanians; Flinders exploration of Moreton Bay and observations on the Aborigines taken from his journal.
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