B 505: Lecture on the Aborigines of Australia and papers on Wirradhurrei dialect, 1837-1840

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EYPHKA

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Lecture on the Aboriginees

of Australia

Permit me Mr Chairman, Ladies & Gentlemen,

to make a few preliminary ob-

servations in reference to the Abori-

ginees of Australia - the subject

I have promised to discuss, before

I proceed to the various particulars

which may deserve an inquiry respecting them.

And first I would [indecipherable] you,

lest you or some of you should

raise your expectations too high as

to the interesting information you might receive respecting them. A poor, widely and

thinly scattered race of wandering

unsettled and uncivilized habits as

are the Aborigines of this country can scarcely afford much of interest

either to be instructive as or to amuse or to satis-

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fy our curiosity, [more particularly when

it is borne in mind that they are rather

reserve towards Europeans]. Still I would

add, should some of you form too low an estimate of the Blacks of this country

as to being so utterly degraded; ignorant as

hardly worth our inquiry, there is no

human race so deeply sunk or so utterly

savage as act to present some few features

of interest. These may yet be traced

in all the races of the earth, however

degenerate certain assimilations to the

rest of the human family, some kindred

feelings and sympathies and desires, certain qualifications and susceptibilities, intellect-

ual and other faculties, together with some

failings, infirmities and inherent evil

propensities which all prove tend to prove that they partake of the same nature as ourselves

that they are our kindred. Indeed those who

have studied the human races more carefully

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