Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Digital Versions of Early Australian Books

A website worth looking at is . It contains digital copies of numerous early Australian books that have been long out of print and extremely expensive to buy second hand.

Just a few  are listed below :-

Across Australia, Spencer (1912)
The Native Tribes of Central Australia, Spencer and Gillen  (1899)
The Northern Tribes of Central Australia, Spencer and Gillen (1904)
The Native Tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia, Spencer (1914)
Horn Scientific Expedition to Central Australia Volumes 1, 3& 4, Horn and Spencer (1894)
Journal of the Horn Scientific Exploring Expedition , Winnecke (1894)
The Native Tribes of South-East Australia, Howitt (1904)
Reports of the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to Torres Straits Volumes 1-6, Haddon (1901)
Among Cannibals, Lumholtz (1889)

Searchable PDF  versions are available for most.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Aboriginal Ties to the Land

Sarah Martin's report " Aboriginal Cultural Heritage of the Menindee Lakes area Part 1 - Aboriginal Ties to the Land" is available to download  here .

It contains a wealth of genealogical information for this area.

Monday, 2 July 2012

Aurukun Genealogical Data

Another useful site located at the University of California Irvine, School of Social Sciences , Eclectic Anthropology Server is the following

The data here refers to Aurukun in Queensland and can be used to build genealogical relationships. The raw data can be easily converted into meaningful information using a spreadsheet or database program.

The original data looks like this

    IDSe    Sp    Fa    Mo          DOB RnaName
     6F     34     2     1   04/08/1929  6Peinkinna, May

which can be reconstructed as

Identification Number (ID) 6
Name                       Peinkinna, May               
Sex                        Female
Date of Birth              04/08/1929
Father                     Pootchemunka, Samuel           (ID 2)
Mother                     Pootchemunka, Minoota          (ID 1)
Spouse                     Peinkinna, Donald              (ID 34)

Other genealogical information for Australia is available on this site.