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Author: R H Mathews; Martin Edward Thomas
Publisher: Acton, A.C.T. : ANU E Press, 2007.
Series: Aboriginal history monograph series, no. 15.
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"Almost 90 years on from his death, this is the first book-length collection of the writings of Robert Hamilton Mathews. It has been a long wait for the Australian-born surveyor who began his career as an anthropologist at the age of 52 with the 1893 publication of a brief paper on New South Wales rock art. Apart from a few short booklets, Mathews book of 1905, Ethnological Notes on the Aboriginal Tribes of New  Read more...
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Mathews, R. H. (Robert Hamilton), 1841-1918.
Culture in translation.
Acton, A.C.T. : ANU E Press, 2007
(DLC) 2008272062
Named Person: R H Mathews; R H Mathews
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: R H Mathews; Martin Edward Thomas
ISBN: 9781921313257 1921313250 9781921313240 1921313242
OCLC Number: 225444959
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Introducing R.H. Mathews. 'Birrarak is the name given to me by the natives' --
Part 1: Rock Art and Daily Life. Contributions to the Ethnography of the Australians --
Rock Carvings and Paintings by the Australian Aborigines --
Plan of some Drawings carved or painted on Rock by the Natives of New South Wales, Australia --
Part 2: Kinship and Marriage. Social Organisation of Some Australian Tribes --
Remarks on the Natives of Australia --
The Natives of Australia --
Part 3: Mythology. Some Mythology of the Gundungurra Tribe, New South Wales --
A Giant in a Cave--An Australian Legend --
Australian Folk-Tales --
The Wareengarry and Karambal --
The Hereafter --
Part 4: Language. The Wailwan Language --
Language of the Kurnu Tribe, New South Wales --
Part 5: Ceremony. The Mŭltyerra Initiation Ceremony --
Initiation Ceremony of the Birdhawal Tribe --
The Bundandaba Ceremony of Initiation in Queensland --
Part 6: Correspondence. Letters to E.S. Hartland --
Letters to R.H. Mathews --
Letter to Moritz von Leonhardi --
RHM Bibliography.
Series Title: Aboriginal history monograph series, no. 15.
Responsibility: author, R.H. Mathews ; editor, Martin Thomas.

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"Almost 90 years on from his death, this is the first book-length collection of the writings of Robert Hamilton Mathews. It has been a long wait for the Australian-born surveyor who began his career as an anthropologist at the age of 52 with the 1893 publication of a brief paper on New South Wales rock art. Apart from a few short booklets, Mathews book of 1905, Ethnological Notes on the Aboriginal Tribes of New South Wales and Victoria, was his only work of anthropology to be published as a freestanding volume. A reprint of a long article published the previous year, it was a modest tome in that age of doorstopper monographs - 'little more than a pamphlet' according to Mathews' friend, the British folklorist E.S. Hartland. There was certainly an expectation that a writer so prolific as Mathews would disseminate his work in a substantial book. As Arnold van Gennep, the Parisian anthropologist, pointed out to him, 'your publications are for the most part overlooked because they are scattered amongst a mass of periodicals and it is a very difficult matter to have them all at one time in hand ... '. Van Gennep recommended that Mathews immediately arrange for their 'publication in 2 or 3 volumes' - advice endorsed by Hartland who was enlisted to work with Mathews ornithologist son Gregory, then living in England, to place a manuscript with a London publisher (see Correspondence, this volume). But these efforts were unsuccessful and R.H. Mathews died in 1918 without ever publishing his magnum opus."--Provided by publisher.

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