Aboriginal Words and Names
- Lower Clarence River Dialect -
With some recollections and records of the Clarence and
Richmond River Aboriginees. -
Compiled by Robert Leycester Dawson
- Introduction -
In September 1922, a vocabulary of "Australian Aboriginal
Words and Names", collected by myself, was provided.
Copies of the booklet have been given to the principal
Sydney libraries and many other copies have been distributed
to interested people and to public bodies.
Most of these words were from the dialect of the [Casino?] -
Lismore blacks though a few were added from the Port
Stephens district and from Tilba Tilba on the far South Coast.
In 1928, from an intelligent half-caste native of the
Yumbah tribe named Freeburn, I was able to collect a
number of words of the Lower Clarence river dialect and,
in August 1935 at Casino, I again met Freeburn and
added to this collection thus acquiring over 320 words
with their meanings.
Through the interest and kindness of Mr William Dixson