Indigenous Australians

  • # 18849

    WENDT, Frank

    Australian Aborigines from North Queensland in R.A. Cunningham’s second touring company, New York, early 1894.

    New York : Frank Wendt, [1894]. Albumen print photograph, cabinet card format (105 x 163 mm, mount), recto imprinted in gold lettering at left hand margin ‘Australian Boomerang Throwers. Frank Wendt, Photo. Artist, New York’; the albumen print with some very light surface rubbing, else fine; verso blank. There are very few known photographic images …

  • # 18228

    Photographers unknown.

    West Australian Aborigines 1883

    [Title from caption on mount]. Four albumen print photographs, each in carte de visite format (three are 90 x 60 mm; one 85 x 55 mm), mounted recto of a leaf of thick card removed from a nineteenth century album; inscribed in ink at centre of mount ‘West Australian Aborigines 1883’; the album owner decorated …

  • # 19086

    Photographer unknown.

    Views of Karrakatta Bay, north-western Western Australia, taken by a Royal Navy officer from HMS Fantome between 1906 and 1910.

    Two gelatin silver printing-out paper prints, each 120 x 165 mm, one inscribed in ink in contemporary hand verso ‘Karakata [sic] Bay’; both are unmounted and in good condition (the view of the bay a little over-exposed); a tiny amount of pale foxing to the versos. HMS Fantome was a Cadmus-class sloop launched in 1901. She was used as a survey …

  • # 18806

    PAINE, John (1833-1908)

    Aboriginal men painted for corroboree, New South Wales, circa 1890

    Albumen print photograph, cabinet card format, 151 x 108 mm (mount); no photographer’s imprint; verso blank; both the albumen print and gilt-edged mount are fine condition. Taken in an unknown location in New South Wales, but attributed to Sydney-based photographer John Paine (another copy sighted with Paine’s imprint verso).

  • # 18836

    KING, Henry (1855-1923)

    New South Wales Aborigine posing with lil-lil club and shield, Sydney, circa 1890

    Albumen print photograph, 197 x 150 mm, laid down on original album page of thick card; contemporary caption in ink to mount beneath image ‘Australian Aboriginal, N.S.W.’ (reflecting the original handwritten generic caption in the negative, which was trimmed before mounting); the albumen print and mount are in very good condition; verso with a view …

  • # 18975

    LINDT, J.W. (John William) (1845-1926)

    “Snowy and his gin”. Grafton, northern New South Wales, 1870-73.

    [Pirated printing, probably 1880-90]. Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 93 x 57 mm; no photographer’s or publisher’s imprint; mounted on section cut from the original split album page, with a generic caption in period hand in ink beneath image ‘Aboriginals of Australia’; both the print and mount are in very good condition. This …

  • # 18807

    WIDE WORLD PHOTO (staff photographer)

    Group of Aboriginal men dressed for a performance for tourists, Palm Island, North Queensland, circa 1930.

    Press photograph, printing out paper, glossy print, 200 x 240 mm, verso with wet stamps of Wide World Photo and Chicago Daily Mail, original journalist’s typed description and cutting from printed newspaper version, plus editor’s annotations; in very good condition. ‘Palm Island was gazetted as an Aboriginal reserve in June 1914 and in 1918, a …

  • # 19194

    WILLARD, Myra

    History of the White Australia Policy

    Melbourne : Melbourne University Press, 1923. Series: University of Melbourne Publications, No. 1. Octavo, original printed wrappers (spine sunned), the personal copy of E.A. Reynolds, biographer of Edmund Barton, who was responsible for instituting the policy in 1901, with Reynold’s ownership inscription dated 1936 on the half title, 217 pp, a very good association copy, …

  • # 19118

    OLDMAN, W.O. (William Ockelford), 1879-1949

    Ethnographical Specimens, Eastern Arms, &c.

    London : Wm. O. Oldman, “Hamilton House,” 77 Brixton Hill, [between 1903 and 1913]. Octavo, original printed green wrappers (edges sunned), staple bound (some leaves disbound), 16 pp; a good copy of this sales catalogue (but, as is usually the case, lacking the 22 loose postcards which originally accompanied it). A scarce catalogue of the …

  • # 18974

    GRISHIN, Sasha; LETI, Bruno

    Bruno Leti. Portrait of a printmaker. Matrix to paper, forty years of printmaking (signed copy)

    Melbourne : Macmillan, 2011. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 192, illustrated. A detailed survey of Leti’s graphic output, including a section on his artists’ books. Signed by the artist.

  • # 16746

    "YITTADAIRN" [RUSDEN, George William]

    Moyarra : an Australian legend in two cantos.

    London : E. A. Petherick & Co., 1891. Second edition. Octavo, original blind blocked blue cloth lettered in gilt (upper board soiled at bottom edge), edges uncut, patterned endpapers, front pastedown with later ex libris, frontispiece with illustration of a reclining Aboriginal female by Sir Thomas L. Mitchell, title page with early owner’s annotation beneath …

  • # 16821

    'Master Sarg' (author); DOWMAN, Walter (illustrator)

    A Yank discovers Australia

    Sydney : The Currawong Publishing Company, [1942-45]. First edition. Octavo, original red papered boards in illustrated dust jacket with design showing various Australian fauna and an Indigenous Australian (spine of wrapper lost), pp. 73, extensively illustrated; internally clean and sound. Purportedly a description of Australia’s ‘amazing birds, beasts and oddities’ written by an American soldier, …

  • # 17223

    AUSTRALIAN ARMY EDUCATION SERVICE

    Living off the land : a manual of bushcraft

    Melbourne : Robertson & Mullens, 1944. Octavo, pictorial wrappers, bookplate and owner’s stamp to front endpapers, pp.160, illustrated throughout; a good copy. A practical guide to survival in the Australian bush, with chapters on acquiring food and drink, navigation, first aid, identification of dangerous fauna, equipment repairs, and advice on ‘knowing the natives’. Compiled from …

  • # 18925

    AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINES' MISSION

    Australian Aborigines’ advocate : a record of work amongst the dark people of Australia / the organ of the Australian Aborigines’ Mission. December 31, 1926.

    Annandale, NSW : T.E. Colebrook, 1926. Small quarto newspaper, 255 x 195 mm, single sheet folding to form 8 pages; illustrated masthead, text in two columns; a fine copy. The Australian Aborigines’ Mission (AAM) was an interdenominational Protestant organisation active in most states of Australia between 1908 and 1929. It had grown out of the New …

  • # 18917

    AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINES' MISSION

    Australian Aborigines’ advocate : a record of work amongst the dark people of Australia / the organ of the Australian Aborigines’ Mission. September 30, 1927.

    Annandale, NSW : T.E. Colebrook, 1927. Small quarto newspaper, 255 x 195 mm, single sheet folding to form 8 pages; illustrated masthead, text in two columns; faint vertical fold, but a fine copy. The Australian Aborigines’ Mission (AAM) was an interdenominational Protestant organisation active in most states of Australia between 1908 and 1929. It had …

  • # 18924

    AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINES' MISSION

    Australian Aborigines’ advocate : a record of work amongst the dark people of Australia / the organ of the Australian Aborigines’ Mission. May 31, 1927.

    Annandale, NSW : T.E. Colebrook, 1927. Small quarto newspaper, 255 x 195 mm, single sheet folding to form 8 pages; illustrated masthead, text in two columns; a little roughened at top edges, a couple of annotations made by the original owner, else a fine copy. The Australian Aborigines’ Mission (AAM) was an interdenominational Protestant organisation …