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Pronunciation of Aboriginal words
Title : Pronunciation of Aboriginal words Pronunciation of Aboriginal words
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Creator : Elder Scientific Exploring Expedition (1891-1892)
Source : Handbook of instructions for the guidance of the officers of the Elder Scientific Exploration Expedition to the unknown portions of Australia p. 36
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : Royal Geographical Society of Australasia. South Australian Branch
Date of creation : 1891
Format : Book
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Appendix A of the Handbook of instructions for the guidance of the officers of the Elder Scientific Exploration Expedition continues with an amplification of the rules for the pronunciation of indigenous words. This continues the system of orthography which the handbook set out for use by the Elder Expedition. It was stipulated in the instructions for the medical officer Dr FJ Elliott that as complete a vocabulary as possible of each tribal language be collected. In the event of Dr Elliott's resignation from the expedition Larry Wells assumed this duty and a number of vocabularies are included in the official expedition report.

The Elder Scientific Exploring Expedition was financed by Sir Thomas Elder and managed by the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (South Australian Branch). It was to explore western South Australia and into Western Australia in the search for pastoral lands and mineral resources. These were essentially the last unexplored parts of the continent. Each member of the expedition was given a handbook of instructions with containing information for every particular of his duties. The handbook was compiled by the Society's Council which included GW Goyder the Surveyor General and Sir Charles Todd who had supervised the construction of the Overland Telegraph Line. Other members of Council were also experienced in the bush and in exploration. They also drew upon the publications of the Royal Geographical Society (London) who had been guiding and advising explorers since 1831. The handbook would provide advice for almost all contingencies, except the personal conflicts that affected the expedition.
Related names :

Lindsay, David, 1856-1922

Elder, Thomas, Sir, 1818-1897

Wells, L. A. (Lawrence Allen), 1860-1938

Coverage year : 1891/92
Place : Central Australia
Further reading :
The Elder Scientific Exploration Expedition, 1891-2: confidential report North Adelaide: Corkwood Press, 2003

Elder Scientific Exploring Expedition, (1891-1892) Journal of the Elder Scientific Exploring Expedition, 1891-2 North Adelaide: Corkwood Press, 1999

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

The land is a map: placenames of indigenous origin in Australia edited by Luise Hercus, Flavia Hodges, Jane Simpson Canberra: Pandanus Books, c2002

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