Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Mapping Family - South Australian Museum

The South Australian Museum has a new publication called Mapping Family - A guide for Aboriginal family history researchers to names, genealogies and data cards recorded during the Harvard and Adelaide Universities 1938–1939 expeditions in South Australia.
The Acknowledgements state

Mapping Family is the result of a twelve-month project prepared by the Aboriginal Family History Unit, South Australian Museum funded by a Stolen Generations Community Reparations Scheme grant awarded in 2017 by the Government of South Australia, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation. The project team is grateful for assistance from The Hon. Dr Diana Laidlaw AM, Eve Chaloupka, Ann Guy, Ali Abdullah-Highfold, Norman Barnett Tindale and family, the Aboriginal families and for the support of Genealogy SA.

Mapping Family is available here.

Monday, 24 June 2019

SLQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family History

The State Library of Queensland has a genealogy aid titled "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family History" available here.

This contains some items worth mentioning.

1. Cherbourg Tindale Sheet 30 - This page appears complete and the information on it is mostly legible. Mainly Embrey and Cobbo families.

2. A Card for Jack Craigie with some family details. Again mostly legible.

3. Details of the family of Lena French and Bruce Walker from Cherbourg Tindale Sheet 13.

Further information on Cherbourg Tindale Sheet 13.

Correspondence from Maryborough District, Goomeri Station dated 16. 9.1941
Exempt Aboriginals residing in the Goomeri Police division, who are eligible for endowment include :-

Bruce Walker and his wife Lena Walker with three children under 16 years of age residing at Kinbombi. Walker holds Certificate of Exemption No.76 dated 23/11/39.
On even date I assisted Mrs Walker to complete and application for Child Endowment and she will be forwarding same to the Deputy Commissioner for Child Endowment, Brisbane in the course of a few days. Walker has been employed at timber work in this division at Daddamarine Creek via Goomeri during the past six months. Until a month ago he was employed by George Dowse of Daddamarine Creek, and since then he has been unemployed, but he now intends prospecting for gold near Kinbombi. I am of the opinion this family can be safely depended upon to utilise the endowment for the benefit of the children.

Marriage of Bruce Walker and Lena French

Married at Barambah on 7.10.1922 (Registered 1922/C/3299)

List of aborigines photographed by Dr. Tindale, during his visit to Cherbourg. Ages are at December 1938. Photographs are available from the South Australian Museum. See also Cherbourg Family History Society.
Walker, Bruce, 48 years
Walker, Lena (Mrs), 42 years
Walker, Edna, 7 years
Walker, Enid, 9 years
Walker, Gabriel, 11 years
Walker, Joyce, 13 years
Walker, Delphine, 14 years

Cherbourg 1928 Census

Name,  Caste,  Age,  Status

Walker, Bruce , 1/2W,  27 years,  Married
Walker, Lena, 1/2W, 33 years,  Married
Walker, Gabriel, 1/2W,  11/12 years
Walker, Delphine, 1/2W,  4 years
Walker, Joyce, 1/2W,  3 years

1/2W Half-caste (Aboriginal / White)

Friday, 14 June 2019

The Durack Dynasty and All-About

Reading the article in the Weekend Australian June 15-16, 2019 on the Durack dynasty reminded me of the dedication in the book  All-about (The Black Community at Argyle) by Mary and Elizabeth Durack published in 1935. It appears below -

"You will never read this, for to learning you have no pretensions. You cannot sue us for libel, though we have exposed your characters, your secrets and your private lives. Forgive us! Our protection lies in your unworldliness.

Most of the sketches you have seen, have laughed heartily at each, if a little disappointed that you did not appear more beautiful. "Young Missus" might at least have drawn you at your best, not gone so slyly to the kitchen, the laundry and all uninvited to the camp, with her notebook and her uncharitable pencil.

But this to you, "All-about", there is much you can teach us that is not in the white man's knowledge. Yours is the gift of laughter and human kindliness and true philosophy. Were you ever savages?"

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Barada Kabalbara Yetimarala Native Title People Authorisation Meeting

The claim area is roughly bounded by Ogmore, Marlborough, Princhester and to the west in a triangular shape.

The Authorisation Meeting is open to all Barada Kabalbara Yetimarala People, that is, to all of the persons in the current native title claim group, being the biological descendants of the following apical ancestors:
1. Lizzy/Kitty/Unnamed Barada Woman (mother of Saltbush George Budby, Rosie Barber, Eddie Budby and Albert Brown)
2. Ada/Ina Cotherstone, Daisy Wilson and Alick Smith Snr (and his wife Topsy Barron/Barren)
3. Polly (wife of Robert Noble) and Laura (wife of Duke/George Barker, Neddy/Teddy Sauney and Adam Bowen)
4. Lizzie (wife of Paddy Flynn)
5. Polly (late in life wife of Thomas Mitchell)
6. Arthur Miles
7. Kitty (aka Kitty Eaglehawk)
8. Yatton Boney
9. Maggie (mother of Jack Mack and Gypsy Tyson)
Appeared in the Koori Mail of June 5, 2019