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Australia. Tom Petrie's Reminiscences. Moreton Bay Aborigines, Brisbane

Australia. Tom Petrie's Reminiscences. Moreton Bay Aborigines, Brisbane

by Petrie, Tom/Constance, Palmer,N.

South Queensland and Brisbane Aborigines. Tom Petrie's Reminiscences of Early Queensland (dating from 1837) recorded by his daughter.
Published in Brisbane by the Queensland Book Depot in conjunction with Angus & Robinson Limited in Sydney. 1932 Second Edition. (First published in 1904 with a Preface by Petrie's daughter Constance Campbell Petrie, 1904. Preface to Second Edition by Nettie Palmer, 1932. (Nettie Palmer was an important critic of her time, sensitive to the writings of others. She wrote that "traditional aboriginal people are 'a race beyond all others for leaving no marks on the landscape'.

Original green cloth hardcovers with embossed P in circle. Gold printing on spine. Dedication in ink, "Gordon from Grandma To wish you a Happy Birthday 25/41" on endpaper. Few pages at start and end are heavily foxed. Slight periodic foxing throughout. 16 black and white full page plates - including one view of early Brisbane. NOTE: The plan of Brisbane town in 1839 is missing.

This is a fascinating and important book, of Tom Petrie's close association with the aborigines of southern Queensland, and the development of the early Moreton Bay settlement. "The greater portion of the contents of this book first appeared in the Queenslander in the form of articles, and when those referring to the aborigines were published, Dr Roth (Chief Protector of Aboriginals, Queensland), author of Ethnological Studies, etc. wrote "...The aborigines of Australia are fast dying out, and with them one of the most interesting phases in the history and development of man. Articles such as these, referring to the old Brisbane blacks... are well worth permanently recording in convenient book form... they show an intimate and profound knowledge of the aboriginals..."

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Stock Number: BAah21Price: $220.00