BRADY, The Very Rev. John (c.1800 - 1871)
Vocabolario della lingua nativa dell’Australia Occidentale
compilato dall’Illmo e Revmo Monsig. Giovanni Brady Vescovo di Perth, e Vicaro Apostolico di Sonde, ed Essington; e tradotto dall’Inglese da Nicola Caporelli. Roma : Coi tipi della S. Congregazione de Propaganda Fide, 1845. Duodecimo, original plain buff wrappers (short tear to upper wrapper), pp. 49, [1 imprimatur]; uncut and unopened, a fine copy.
Having been despatched to Australia by the Catholic Church in Rome, the Irish missionary John Brady arrived at the Swan River settlement in 1843, following a period spent at Windsor, near Sydney. His A descriptive vocabulary of the native language of W. Australia was intended as an introductory glossary of the Noongar language for use by fellow Catholic missionaries, and was published in both an English (A descriptive vocabulary of the native language of W. Australia) and an Italian edition (as here) in Rome during Brady’s visit there in 1845. Brady returned to Swan River in January, 1846 as the newly consecrated Bishop of Perth, bringing with him a group of missionaries which included Rosendo Salvado and Joseph Serra, who were to found the New Norcia mission. A descriptive vocabulary (and its Italian version, Vocabolario della lingua nativa dell’Australia Occidentale) was Brady’s only published work.