Mid-North Coast: Aboriginal words and names, Upper Clarence River dialect, c 1909


Includes names for native fauna, parts of the human body, weapons & domestic articles, the elements and heavenly bodies, trees & plants, tribes with localities, place names, miscellaneous words, words to which no names given and corroboree songs.

Full catalogue record available online at: http://archival.sl.nsw.gov.au/Details/archive/110364392.

Cultural Narrative: 

Bundjalung Elder Billy Buchan was employed as a stockman by the Hewitt family at Newton Boyd Station from the 1850s. He befriended Thomas George Hewitt and shared words from the language spoken at the nearby Aboriginal community Baryulgil. Mr Hewitt was the editor of the local newspaper and an authority on the history of the Clarence region. In 1909, Hewitt compiled a wordlist with information from Billy Buchan and from Jack Freeburn of Clarence Heads. It was later given to Robert Leycester Dawson, who transcribed and published the wordlist in 1922.

Original Date Description: 
c 1909
Presented by Robert L. Dawson, May 1936
B 857, p 5; FL394752