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Vocabulary of Wallawe Tribe
Title : Vocabulary of Wallawe Tribe Vocabulary of Wallawe Tribe
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Creator : Lindsay, David, 1856-1922
Source : Parliamentary paper (South Australia. Parliament); no. 45 of 1893, p. 78
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : Government Printer
Date of creation : 1893
Additional Creator : Wells, L. A. (Lawrence Allen), 1860-1938
Format : Magazine
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Larry Wells collected some words of the Wallawe people from an Aboriginal man at Yarragabie Station in Western Australia. The Wallawe people are probably the Tjupany people. Tindale considers Yarragabie Station to be the same as Yarrabubba some 30 miles from Meekatharra, and in Wajarri country, that is beyond the tribal boundaries of the Tjupany. Perhaps it might also be Yarragadee Station, south of Geraldton, which would also place the Aboriginal man from whom Wells collected the words outside his tribal boundaries. The Elder Scientific Expedition began this portion of its work from Geraldton. Larry Wells was the first to record any of the words of these people.

The Elder Scientific Exploring Expedition had been specifically instructed to collect vocabularies of the Aboriginal peoples they encountered during their explorations. The Handbook of instructions prepared for the expedition included instructions for the medical officer, Dr Elliott, on keeping a journal in which he was to record all possible detail including the numbers of men, women and children and information about their mythology or beliefs, their customs and their implements whether for hunting or food preparation, and all other matters relating to them. An appendix in the Handbook gave a 'System of orthography for native names...' which was to be followed. The official report of the expedition included a number of these vocabularies.
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Wells, L. A. (Lawrence Allen), 1860-1938

Coverage year : 1891-92
Place : Lake Way (WA)
Further reading :
Facsimile edition of the handbook of instructions for the Elder Scientific Exploration Expedition, together with A study of incompatibles by K. Peake-Jones Adelaide : Royal Geographic Society of Australasia, South Australian Branch, 1991
Elder Scientific Exploring Expedition, (1891-1892) Journal of the Elder Scientific Exploring Expedition, 1891-2 North Adelaide: Corkwood Press, 1999

Steele, Wilfred, To the great gulf : the surveys and explorations of L.A. Wells, last Australian explorer 1860-1938 Blackwood, S.A.: Lynton, [1978]

Tindale, Norman B. Aboriginal tribes of Australia: their terrain, environmental controls, distribution, limits, and proper names Berkeley: University of California Press, 1974

The Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, society and culture Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, 1994

Horton, David, Aboriginal Australia [cartographic material] [Belconnen, ACT]: AUSLIG, c1996

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