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Notes on the names given to minerals and rocks by the aborigines of Tasmania

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Noetling, Fritz (1909) Notes on the names given to minerals and rocks by the aborigines of Tasmania. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 103-122. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

The enquiry into the name given by the Aborigines
to their stone implements led naturally to a further enquiry
into the names of rocks and minerals distinguished
by that race. The result is interesting enough; in
several instances the literal meaning of the words used
would be ascertained, and the meaning of other words
which were rather a puzzle could be made out with a
tolerable amount of certainty.
Yet these studies throw such a
curious light on the mental condition of the Aborigines,
that, instead of being a mere collection of names, this
paper rather deals with a number of questions connected
with the life of this primitive race.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 103-122
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 13 May 2013 01:15
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:07
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