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The Dieyerie tribe of Australian Aborigines
W.C. Cox, Adelaide 1874 - Octavo, 51 pp., early ink owner's name on title and first page (Wm. Tomsett of Queenstown 1874) in a modern binding. First edition, and an important account of the customs of the Dieyerie tribe (now more commonly "Diyari" or "Diery") of the area around Cooper's Creek north of Adelaide. It is based, the author notes, on 'a sojourn of over nine years in the Dieyerie country, and constant intercourse with the tribe, having familiarized me with their language, and their manners and customs'.Samuel Gason joined the South Australian Police force in 1865 at the age of twenty three and was stationed at Lake Hope. He was promoted to Mounted Constable Second class the following year. One of his most difficult tasks while at Lake Hope was negotiating with local Aborigines who were taking sheep from graziers, a conflict he seems to have managed with good sense. His tenure included the heavy flooding of 1870, during which he reported the deaths of 17 Aborigines. In 1871 Gason was transferred to Barrow Creek, where he witnessed the attack on the Telegraph Station.Gason's work was considered a most useful amateur contribution, and was used in the later compendium The Native Tribes of South Australia (Adelaide, 1879). A few spots, paper repairs to final two leaves; very good. [Attributes: First Edition]
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