Brisbane, Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (Queensland), .
Octavo, 115 pages with a portrait of the author on t he verso of the title page.
Printed orange wrappers a little unevenly sunned; trifling signs of use and age; an excellent copy.
'Supplement to the Journal' of the RGSA (Queensland), Number 34, Volume 48; the four vocabularies are for the Kabi-kabi, Wakka-wakka, Yugarabul and Yugumbir languages. At the head of the title page is a gift inscription to the 'Rt. Rev. Archdeacon Leo Hayes P.P. Oakey 14.7.'61'. The foot of the page is inscribed 'To my esteemed friend Pastor Grope with gratitude. Leo Hayes, Oakey, July 13 1961'. Clearly, one of these dates is incorrect, but this is of no consequence: the record of the provenance is the thing. Father Leo Hayes (1889-1967) was the Catholic parish priest at Oakey from 1951 until his death; his lasting claim to fame is the Leo Hayes Collection (comprising '25,000 books, pamphlets and periodicals [about two-thirds of them Australiana], and 30,000 manuscripts, letters and documents. It also included legal papers, press-cuttings, book-plates, stamps, notes and coins, postcards and photographs, maps, ferns, pistols, cattle-bells and Aboriginal artefacts', according to the 'Australian Dictionary of Biography'), purchased by the University of Queensland in 1967. Reverend Dr Leslie Bernhard Grope (1920-2018), Lutheran Church of Australia President Emeritus, 'who served in the role now known as LCA bishop from 1972 until his retirement in 1987' (LCA obituary), was pastor at St Paul's in Toowoomba for ten years from 1957.