Topics: Culture

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1825 - North West - view

superstitious ceremony…It appears that Berah-bahn [Biraban]…slept with two other Blacks on the grave of [a] girl…from sunsetting to sun rising for the purpose of obtaining ‘The Bone’, the mystic bone used in the mystic ring, and supposed to be in the abdomen of certain persons skilled in curing sickness and in knocking out the teeth with the bone without pair to the sufferer

1825 - North West - view

Be-rah-bahn returned from a ceremony performed in the mountains, which has initiated him into the rights of an Aborigine. – It appears that they burn a large part of the country, then hunt kangaroos, feast upon the shank bones only, after which they pipe clay themselves all over and then everyone must rush at once into the water and bathe themselves clean

1825 - North West - view

“murri budgel” or very sick

1826 - North Coastal - view

The missionary LE Threlkeld publishes Aboriginal poetry from Lake Macquarie in the Sydney Gazette. ( Sydney Gazette , 5 January 1826) Immha, immah va Gnora worrayn na, gash, bah, yah, kummah, hi j (No translation)

1827 - North West - view

Aboriginal Dialect

1827 - North West - view

Some of these farm camps had been in occasional or cyclical use for thousands of years. Kelvinside homestead at Aberdeen, for example, is the site of an important Bora ground

1828 - North West - view

Threlkeld’s 1828 “return of the Black Natives”

1830 - North West - view

He also instructs his surveyors to use Aboriginal place-names

1831 - North West - view

boriginal sites in surrounding countryside which is thought to have been used as a ceremonial meeting place

1831 - North West - view

Mt Yengo

1832 - North Coastal - view

Skulls from Aboriginal burials are taken as souvenirs.

1832 - North Coastal - view

Prospects for farming are limited due to the rocky nature of the land; it is more profitable to cut timber and gather shells from Aboriginal middens for burning into lime to make mortar for Sydney buildings. Aboriginal burials are sometimes hidden in middens.

1833 - North West - view

fishing in a bark canoe with a shell hook on a line

1834 - 1835 - South West - view

The term Cubbitch Barta or Cubbity Barta or Cobbity Bado all mean white creek

1834 - North West - view

“native chief of Segenhoe” who stands “with forty followers, painted in a most grotesque manner, carrying spears twelve and fourteen feet long and other instruments of war, and eight black boys, each holding a leash of kangaroo dogs…The evening ended with a corroboree”

1834 - North West - view

customs of the Aboriginal clans

1835 - West - view

annual feasts

1836 - North West - view

Suspended from his neck by a brass chain, he had a half-moon shaped, brass breast plate, with his native and English name, and a declaration of his kingly dignity engraved on it

1836 - West - view

arts

1836 - West - view

throwing-stick [woomera]