Aborigines of Victoria: Volume 2 by Robert Brough Smyth, 1878 first edition Fundraising for the Judith Eardley Save Wildlife Foundation
Proceeds from the sale of this extremely important and rare book will revert to the Judith Eardley Save Wildlife Association to which it had been donated.
Having recently closed the doors to its charity shop in the Main St of Healesville, there are still some treasures in hand. Hand made in Healesville is delighted to support this foundation and will host items for their continued fundraising.
"Robert Brough Smyth (1830-1889) was a successful Melbourne-based mining engineer and civil servant who spent 16 years as Secretary of the Board for the Protection of the Aborigines. In this study of the society and customs of indigenous Australians in the Victoria region, first published in 1878, he combines his own observations with those of others who lived or worked closely with the Aboriginal population. The principal focus of volume 2 is language. Smyth discusses the similarities and differences between regional dialects, grammatical rules and the use of sign language, and the vocabularies of different regions. The nine essays by European settlers which form the appendices explore a variety of anthropological topics and shed light on the complex relationship that existed between the indigenous Australian population and the European immigrants. A final chapter outlines the customs and characteristics of the Aborigines of Tasmania" (Boomerang Books)
About the Association and the shop:
The Judith Eardley Save Wildlife Association is a charity that raises funds to help save wildlife and the environment. They have funded projects in Kalimantan, China, and PNG as well as in most states of Australia. However they have donated most of their funds to organisations doing good work in Victoria, especially the Yarra Valley. Large donations usual involve buying reserves. Having closed the retail shop they are now planning an online charity called: together for wildlife. No one has been paid for working for the charity. It is completely voluntary. P.H.