Language of the Aborigines of the Colony of Victoria, and other Australian districts

BUNCE, Daniel

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Language of the Aborigines of the Colony of Victoria, and other Australian districts; with parallel translations and familiar specimens in Dialogue, as a guide to Aboriginal Protectors and others engaged in ameliorating their condition. Geelong: Thomas Brown, 1859.

Stated second edition (actually third). Duodecimo, flush cut papered cards, cloth spine, bookplate to front pastedown, 60pp., fine. Ferguson 7665.

In the 1840s Bunce made an intensive study of the Aboriginal languages of Victoria, and in 1846 travelled on Leichhardt’s second expedition, a section in the book being devoted to language of the tribes of the Darling Downs. In his Direction in pronunciation, Bunce advises: ‘By speaking this language with a soft Italian accent, the reader will have little trouble in making himself understood by the natives’.

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