The Native Tribes of Western Australia. Edited by Isobel White. Daisy BATES.

The Native Tribes of Western Australia. Edited by Isobel White

Canberra, National Library of Australia, 1985.

Octavo, xii, 387 pages plus 19 plates and a map.

Cloth; a fine copy with the original thin laminate on the dustwrapper curling slightly in a few spots along the edges.

The thirty-five page introduction by the editor is essential reading. The original manuscript of half a million words 'was written during Mrs Bates's period of service with the Western Australian Government from 1904 to 1912'; most of the information on the Aborigines of north-west Australia was gained on three journeys and a year's residence near Broome in the five years from 1899. Soon after the WA Government terminated her employment, Bates moved to Ooldea in South Australia where the well-known phase of her life with the Aborigines commenced. Provenance: the anthropologist Peter Sutton, with his ownership signature 1989).

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