This series comprises drafts, printer's proofs and annotated sheets of Tindale's 'Tribal Boundaries in Aboriginal Australia' map published in 1974. Tindale's annotations include additions and corrections to published boundaries and Aboriginal 'tribes' and place names, and references to published and unpublished sources (see also series AA 338/18). The map was originally published in the United States as part of Tindale's book, Aboriginal tribes of Australia, their terrain, environmental controls, distribution, limits, and proper names, by the University of California Press, Berkeley, Los Angeles, London and in Australia by Australian National University Press. The set is printed on four sheets labelled Southwest, Northwest, Northeast and Southeast, with map title printed on the Southwest sheet. A subtitle reads: 'Geographic II Spelling as used by Dr. N. B. Tindale in his book Aboriginal Tribes of Australia published by University of California Press, 1974.'
'Tribal' names and boundaries are printed in dark blue. States, place names, major cities and geographical features are printed in brown or blue. Other information includes boundaries of subincision and circumcision rites. Map boundaries 'were drawn by Winifred Mumford on a base map produced by the Division of National Mapping, Department of National Development, Canberra, Australia.' Scale: 96 mm = 150 statute miles or 60 mm = 200 km. The 1974 map is a revision of Tindale's 1940 'Map Showing the Distribution of the Aboriginal Tribes of Australia' published in 'Results of the Harvard-Adelaide Universities Anthropological Expedition, 1938-1939, Distribution of Australian Aboriginal Tribes: A Field Survey' (Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 64(1), 1940) (see series AA 338/17).
Included in this series is a set of four annotated sheets with 'tribal' names and boundaries compiled in green ink on a different base map. One sheet includes a note by Tindale dated 1970. (See maps AA 338/19/1-4) Also included are printer's proofs and colour reproductions of the published maps.
Where relevant, 'Tindale tribes' are listed and linked to the Catalogue published in Tindale's 1974 publication Aboriginal tribes of Australia, their terrain, environmental controls, distribution, limits, and proper names. Descriptions of maps can be accessed via the Catalogue.