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Notes on the list of native words of the Oyster Bay tribe, presented by Mr. J. W. Beattie

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Ritz, Hermann B 1913 , 'Notes on the list of native words of the Oyster Bay tribe, presented by Mr. J. W. Beattie' , Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania , pp. 82-94 .

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Abstract

This list bears the colophon "H.W. M., 1824," which may mean that it was drawn up by Sergeant Montgomery, of the 51st Foot (King's Own Light Infantry), stationed in Tasmania in 1824. There certainly was such a person here at that time, and the list itself shows that it was written by a man who conscientiously paid strict attention to details, and recorded them faithfully, as far as his literary attainments enabled him to do so. The punctilious respect for persons in authority is shown by the way the recorder mentions "the Minister, Rev. Mr. Bedford," and "His Honor the Governor," both of whom entered upon their duties in 1824, the former as Incumbent of St. David's, and the latter as Lieutenant-Governor. In taking down the native words, H.W.M. evidently took great pains, getting the Aboriginals to pronounce them in syllables, and carefully, and on the whole very successfully separating these by hyphens. At first sight, these words seem quite different from those recorded in the lists previously published; but on closer inspection they are found to be quite in harmony with them; indeed, more than half of them are practically identical with them.
See eprints record: List of Native Words of the Oyster Bay tribe By J. W. Beattie, pp 79-81.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Ritz, Hermann B
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
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection
Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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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.

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