Wednesday, 16 January 2019

NNTT Djungan People #5 Native Title Claim

National Native Title Tribunal File QC2018/005 available here entered on the Register 9/11/2018.

The attachments are as follows :-
Register extract available here
Attachment B - Map showing Boundaries of the Area Covered by the Application here
Attachment C - Map of the Claim Area here

The claim area is roughly west of the Hann Tableland National Park.

The Djungan People native title claim group is comprised of the descendants (including through adoption or raising up in accordance with traditional laws and customs) of the following apical ancestors:

Tommy and Topsy Wason
John Wason
Dinah [Richards]
Jessie Wason
Jack O'Neil and his spouse, Flora Richards
Peter Ray Burns
Jimmy Kingsburra and Lizzie Kingsburra (including the descendants of Joe Sands)
Charles James Archer (Senior)
Lucy [Burns]
Pluto [Brumby]
Mollie and her spouse, Bert Gordon
Mick Richards

Some notes

Peter, of Yarrabah, Bachelor, born Cooktown, aged 18 years, parents Fred and Topsy and Jessie Wason, of Yarrabah, Spinster, born Mareeba, aged 16 years, parents Fred Wason and Dinah married 28. 4.1910 at St Alban's Church, Yarrabah by G W Morrison, C of E             
Children (some?) recorded at Yarrabah
Catharine Mona, parents Peter Underwood F/B and Jessie Wason H/C, born 30.12.1910
Eric Peter, parents Peter Underwood F/B and Jessie Wason (Black mixed (Chinese and Aborigine)) , born 8. 4.1913
Vincent Noland, parents Peter Underwood F/B and Jessie Wason H/C, born 3. 2.1915
Agnes Lorna, parents Peter and Jessie Wason , born 16. 8.1916
Ralph Emmanuel Peter, parents Peter Underwood F/B and Jessie Wason H/C, born 20. 4.1919
Maxwell Horace Alton, parents Peter Underwood and Jessie Wason, born 3. 3.1924

John Wason H/C of Yungaburra, born Kingsborough near Thornborough c1895 married
Lucy Cunningham H/C of Yungaburra, born Mulgrave River married 18.10.1916
Registered 2009/N/5074

Peter Ray H/C (Peter Burns), born about 1907, baptised 27. 3.1921 Yarrabah
Peter Burns aged 52 yrs, Clara Burns aged 44 yrs, Christina Margaret Burns aged 13 yrs and
Janet Elizabeth Burns aged 10 years Exempt 1956
Clara Ray, born c 1912 probably Cloncurry district, father Lee Fong

Lucy Burns appears on Tindale genealogical sheet Yarrabah 26. Also on this Sheet are
Jack Baker, Nellie Baker, Dorothy Lilian Bradley, Grace Bradley, Ailsa Camelia Burns,
Christella Burns, Christobel S Burns, Christopher D Burns, Daniel Peter Burns, Dorothy Burns, Dorothy Lilian Burns, Lucy Burns, Daniel Peter, Steve Yetman

Mick Richards, born c1895 Elizabeth Creek near Mungana, parents Bill and Maggie,
married to Eileen

Mollie Gordon appears on Tindale genealogical sheets Yarrabah 54 and 85

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Victorian Historical BDM Indexes

A Victorian Birth, Death and Marriage Index is available here at archive.org.

The description states "Complete Victorian Birth Death & Marriages index compiled in a Microsoft Access Database. Births 1836 to 1920. Deaths 1836 to 1985. Marriages1836 to 1942. Requires Microsoft Access to use."

A ZIP file can be downloaded containing the database file.

Similar information can be downloaded here as three files in CSV format.

Monday, 7 January 2019

Digital files removed by National Archives of Australia Melbourne office

I have discovered that a number of files on the NAA web site that previously had digital images have had them withdrawn by the National Archives of Australia Melbourne office.

The Item Details description states "Visibility and availability indicators - Digital image withheld"

The files I have noticed are from Series B357 and numbered
191 - Aboriginal Welfare Board field notes Western district genealogies
192 - Aboriginal Welfare Board field notes - Murray Valley, survey of Aborigines, June 1961, families
193 - Aboriginal Welfare Board field notes -Wimmera and Gippsland, genealogies
198 - Aboriginal Welfare Board field notes - genealogy

Digital files were previously available. No reason is given for the removal.

Indexes to Series B357 Items 192, 193 and 198 are available here.

I think it would be wise to download any digital files immediately if you need them as there is no guarantee they will be permanently available. I do.

Friday, 4 January 2019

State Library of Queensland - Islands Exhibition

I visited the State Library of Queensland  Islands Exhibition today.

One of the exhibits was part of a handwritten register with one of the displayed pages titled "Coloured Patients". This contained statistical information for 1939 - 1969 under headings as follows :-

In Isolation at Fantome
Admitted into Isolation
Died in Isolation
Discharged During Year
Still Living after Discharge
Total Living in Isolation and after Discharge

On part of the page some names were listed as follows :-

Alice Cooktown
Arthur Miles
Joe Lee
Charlie Sugarbag
Mary Ann Brown
Gilbert Martin
Maggie Fourmile
Ethel Bowen
Lawrence and Bessie Bond
Alf Tyson
Joyce Daisy
Nancy Williams
Willie Courtney
Ellison Obah
Eva Jack..
Daphne Anderson

The reference in the exhibit brochure is as follows :

White Cases - Leprosy as at 31.12.1969
Dr Morgan Gabriel
John Oxley Library SLQ
Accession 29410 Dr Morgan
Gabriel Notebook 1951-1970

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Ancient Nuclear Genomes Enable Repatriation of Indigenous Human Remains article

An interesting article (available here)

Ancient Nuclear Genomes Enable Repatriation of Indigenous Human Remains
(Joanne L. Wright, Sally Wasef, Tim H. Heupink, Michael C. Westaway, Simon Rasmussen,
Colin Pardoe, Gudju Gudju Fourmile, Michael Young, Trish Johnson, Joan Slade,
Roy Kennedy, Patsy Winch, Mary Pappin Sr, Tapij Wales, William “Badger” Bates,
Sharnie Hamilton, Neville Whyman, Sheila van Holst Pellekaan, Peter J. McAllister,
Paul S.C. Ta├žon, Darren Curnoe, Ruiqiang Li, Craig Millar, Sankar Subramanian,
Eske Willerslev, Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas, Martin Sikora, David M. Lambert)
Science Advances  19 Dec 2018:
Vol. 4, no. 12, eaau5064
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau5064

Abstract
"After European colonization, the ancestral remains of Indigenous people were often collected for scientific research or display in museum collections. For many decades, Indigenous people, including Native Americans and Aboriginal Australians, have fought for their return. However, many of these remains have no recorded provenance, making their repatriation very difficult or impossible. To determine whether DNA-based methods could resolve this important problem, we sequenced 10 nuclear genomes and 27 mitogenomes from ancient pre-European Aboriginal Australians (up to 1540 years before the present) of known provenance and compared them to 100 high-coverage contemporary Aboriginal Australian genomes, also of known provenance. We report substantial ancient population structure showing strong genetic affinities between ancient and contemporary Aboriginal Australian individuals from the same geographic location. Our findings demonstrate the feasibility of successfully identifying the origins of unprovenanced ancestral remains using genomic methods."

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Tingha Cemetery Burials and the AUS-KOORI Mailing List

Back in November 2003 I added the following entry to correspondence referring to Tingha burials on the AUS-KOORI mailing list

"Tingha Cemetery Burials by Paul Mackett
Burials at the Tingha Cemetery, New South Wales are listed at the following site

http://guyra.local-e.nsw.gov.au/community/13/1037158961_23481.html
 
Some or all of the following are recorded for each burial Section, Row, Lot, Surname, Christian Name, Age,  Burial Number, Date of Death. The date range is approximately
1886 to 1999.

 
There are 1537 burials recorded as follows

Section , My interpretation , Graves
 
Ang/SA , Anglican/Salvation Army , 340
Old Ang, Old Anglican , 155
Cath , Catholic , 108
Old Cath , Old Catholic , 70
Uniting , Uniting  , 47
New Gen , New General , 227
O Abor , Old Aboriginal , 171
N Abor ,  New Aboriginal , 90
Unsect ,  , 328
No Section ,  , 1


The document can be downloaded from the above site as a Word document."

As this URL no longer exists you can access the document here .

Friday, 7 December 2018

Ngajurlangu - 'Me Too'

An interesting article titled "Ngajurlangu - 'Me Too'" by Jacinta Nampijinpa Price appeared in the Summer 2018 edition of Meanjin. An edited version appeared in the Weekend Australian dated December 1-2, 2018.