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An Australian Language as spoken by the Awabakal
Sydney: Charles Potter, 1892. A little rubbed but a very good copy.. Octavo, folding map and other illustrations; original presentation binding of half morocco. Threlkeld joined the London Missionary Society and in 1816 sailed with his family to the South Seas, working with John Williams at Raiatea. In 1824 he arrived in Sydney, where his proposal to establish an Aboriginal mission was supported by Governor Brisbane. The mission was established the following year at Reid's Mistake on Lake Macquarie with a 10,000-acre parcel of land. The excessive expenditure of the mission incurred the wrath of Rev. Samuel Marsden who successfully sought Threlkeld's dismissal and the abandonment of the mission in 1828.Threlkeld spent the following ten years as a government-paid missionary living and working with the local tribe of Lake Macquarie. He became fluent in the local dialect, under the tutelage of Biraban, the local elder whose portrait appears here as a frontispiece, and acted as interpreter for Aborigines on trial in Sydney. In the Sydney Gazette of 1826 Threlkeld's work on the Aboriginal language was highly praised; this published linguistic study of the dialect, as well as his other reports, are regarded as landmarks in Aboriginal studies.This is the much extended edition, re-arranged by the anthropologist, John Fraser. It includes the Awabakal-English Lexicon with separate title page.
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