Drafts, notes and research papers relating to unpublished papers in the fields of Australian archeology and anthropology

Archive Collections / Harold More Cooper / Series AA64/08 / Drafts, notes and research papers relating to unpublished papers in the fields of Australian archeology and anthropology

This series includes the following items:

  1. 'The Flinders Ranges, its native inhabitants & other notes'. Handwritten draft of approximately 40 pages. This paper begins with brief discussion of theories of the settlement of Australia by Aboriginal people, and the geography, geology and botany of the Flinders Ranges, South Australia. From page 22 is a brief discussion of the stone implements, language, spiritual beliefs, ochre mines and trade, weapons, water sources, fire, hunting and gathering techniques, campsites, food sources, rock carvings and rock paintings of the inhabitants of the region. The paper mentions the following groups as inhabiting the Ranges: Wailpi, Pilatapa, Kuyani, Jadliaura, Pangkala, Ngadjuri, notes that this is based on research of NB Tindale (see AA 338), and includes the statement: 'the natives of the Flinders Ranges are now extinct, with the exception of mixed bloods... ' There is also a reference to the 'Adelaide tribe' on page 12. There is also a typescript of the draft, of 20 pages, marked 'J. Lane, 2.9.82'. Formerly Acc. No. 6.

  2. Notes on 'Early material culture - horsehoof cores '. Seven pages of rough handwritten notes. Formerly Acc. No. 14.

  3. 'Australian ethnology, archaeology and human biology'. Two copies of a miscellany of items of information, some in the form of notes on sources, others items simply listed. Includes some vocabulary. The two copies vary slightly. This material was Acc. No. 17.

  4. Notes on rock carvings. One page, handwritten. Formerly Acc. No. 22.

  5. 'South Australian Aboriginal Rock Carvings & Rock Paintings'. One page typescript, carbon copy. Formerly Acc. No. 23.

  6. Notes on intelligence of 'Australian aboriginals' and the teaching of bush survival skills, including to servicemen in the second world war. Three pages of handwritten notes. Formerly Acc. No. 24.

  7. 'The Folklore of the Australian Aborigines'. These rough drafts contain mainly general observations on customs and spritual beliefs. Mentioned specifically are the trade centre at Lake Kopperamanna, South Australia, 'Lake Eyre tribes' and the 'Encounter Bay tribe'. Eight page handwritten draft, also a six page version, typescript and handwritten. Formerly Acc. No. 26.

  8. 'South Australia - Material Culture: grooved axeheads, slate scrapers, and also examples of very large stone implements from Hallett Cove'. Fourteen page handwritten draft. Discusses implements found at sites on Kangaroo Island and Hallett Cove, South Australia. Formerly Acc. No. 29.

  9. Notes on myths and legends of Australian Aborigines. Approximately 40 pages of handwritten notes on myths and legends, gathered from a range of published sources and relating to various parts of Australia. Includes some discussion in draft form, including relating to the following groups: Kaurna, Narrinyeri, and Ramindjeri. Also includes a few vocabulary notes and what may be notes on place names. Formerly Acc. No. 30.

  10. 'Native Story'. Five page typescript, possibly prepared for a talk or radio broadcast for children, containing general information about traditional Aboriginal life including hunting, children's games and some stories. Includes two brief versions of Kaurna stories. Formerly Acc. No. 31.

  11. 'South Australia: Material Culture (1) Former Aboriginal Occupation around the head of Gulf St Vincent; (2) an extensive camp site upon the banks of Willochra Creek.' Notes or drafts relating to these topics and some other material. Material relating to 'Former Aboriginal Occupation around the head of Gulf St Vincent' contains discussion of campsite at Lake Bumbunga, South Australia; the map referred to in the notes is included in Series AA 64/9. Material relating to 'an extensive camp site upon the banks of Willochra Creek' includes discussion of campsite on Willochra Creek, South Australia. The material also includes other notes, including vocabulary and draft correspondence. Groups mentioned: Nukunu, Kaurna and Nadjuri (= Ngadjuri). Formerly Acc. No. 32.

  12. 'Curlew Point'. Two handwritten drafts of information relating to Aboriginal occupation of Curlew Point, South Australia, supporting a proposal to acquire the area as a national reserve, signed by Cooper and dated 23 November 1967. Includes references to the Kaurna people. Formerly Acc. No. 25.

  13. Notes relating to rock carvings, plant use and sites. These papers comprise: two notes on rock carvings at Purgatory Creek, South Australia, one of which details Cooper's research on the carvings between 1934 and 1938 and a further annotation dated 1967 referring to his bound volume of tracings (see Series AA 64/11 and AA 64/12); five slips of paper on which are handwritten notes on Aboriginal plant use; and two partially completed South Australian Museum site cards. 12 September 1949. The notes on Aboriginal plant use were part of Former Acc. No. 12.

This series contains references to the following regions of South Australia: North East; Flinders Ranges; River Murray - Coorong; Adelaide - Mount Lofty Ranges; Kangaroo Island.

This series includes reference to the following named groups: Wailpi, Pilatapa, Kujani, Jadliaura, Pangkala, Ngadjuri, 'Lake Eyre tribes', 'Encounter Bay tribe', Kaurna, Narrinyeri, Ramindjeri, and Nukunu.

Corresponding Tindale Tribes: Wailpi; Pilatapa; Kujani; Jadliaura; Pangkala; Ngadjuri; Arabana; Tirari; Wongkanguru; Kujani; Ramindjeri; Warki; Tanganekald; Kaurna; Ramindjeri; Nukunu.

Corresponding AIATSIS Language Groups: Adnyamathanha; Pirlatapa; Kuyani; Banggarla; Ngadjuri; Arabana; Dhirari; Wangkangurru; Kuyani; Ngarrindjeri; Kaurna; Nukunu.

CreatorHarold More Cooper
ControlAA 64/8/1-13
Date Range1949  -  1982
Quantity 4cm,     papers
FormatsLoose Notes
Series AA64/08