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South Australia illustrated Plate 30
Title : South Australia illustrated Plate 30 South Australia illustrated Plate 30
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Creator : Angas, George French
Source : South Australia Illustrated
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : Thomas M’Lean
Date of creation : 1847
Format : Book
Dimensions : 540 x 370 x 44 mm
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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George French Angas recorded his impressions of South Australia shortly after his arrival in 1844. Plate 30 shows Murray River Aborigines in a bark canoe. Angas wrote: Their canoes are nothing more than frail sheets of bark, moulded into a hollow shape by means of heat and steam, the ends and orifices are stopped with clay, and in the centre is a small fire, raised upon a heap of wet weeds and sand; over this fire they frequently cook their food whilst on the water; although upset by the slightest breath of wind, the natives are wonderfully expert in the management of these rude and frail canoes.

Period : 1836-1851
Region : Riverland and Murraylands,Murray Mallee
Further reading :

Edwards, Robert. Aboriginal bark canoes of the Murray Valley, Adelaide: Rigby for the South Australian Museum, 1972.

Weir, Jessica. Murray River country : an ecological dialogue with traditional owners, Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press, 2009

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