The cards compiled in this box relate to Tindale's concern with using vocabulary to map distributional patterns of cultural and natural phenomena across Australia. Header cards include: Cold; Day; Desert and Deserted Country; Drought; Hot; Physical Env.; Cave; Creeks and Rivers; Earth, Ground; Flint and Quartzite also Mines; Gravel Shingle; Hill & Mountain; Lake; Limestone; Mud and Clay; Obsidian and Black Stones; Ochre Red; Pipeclay and Chalk; Plains; Quartz; Salt; Sand Sandhills; Sea; Stone for Axes; Stone general also Rock; Waters Wells.
The cards, drawn mostly from published literature sources with some from Tindale's manuscript materials, occasionally contain a detailed description of the function of an object or mineral, e.g., a piece of flint or quartz. Note that some sections are empty, such as 'Hot', 'Lake'.