'Vocabulary of Central Australian Tribes'

Archive Collections / Daisy May Bates / Series AA23/04 / 'Vocabulary of Central Australian Tribes'

This sub-series consists of a manuscript (eight foolscap pages) copied by Prof. JA Fitzherbert, Classics Department, University of Adelaide, from an original manuscript provided by Daisy Bates entitled 'Vocabulary of Central Australian Tribes'. The vocabulary items are divided into four sections, 'Vegetable foods', 'Man, his relationships etc', 'Parts and functions of the body' and 'Animals'. Bates also lists the names of some of the tribal groups she became familiar with during her stay at Ooldea, including the 'Wongaii Wonga' from the Boundary Dam area, 'Jiwin Wongga' (from the Ooldea area), the 'Wanbiri' or 'Wanmaring Wongga' (from the Great Australian Bight), the 'Bijanjarra' (Pitjantjatjara), the 'Yanggunjarra' (Yankunytjatjara) and the Wirongu Wonga (from the Tarcoola area).

This manuscript was evidently copied by Fitzherbert from a typed copy held by the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (South Australian Branch). The Daisy Bates manuscript collection in the Barr-Smith Library at the University of Adelaide, includes some correspondence with Fitzherbert relating to this vocabulary. There is additional correspondence between Bates and Fitzherbert in the Bates collection in the Australian National Library, Canberra.

This sub-series contains references to the following regions of South Australia: Nullarbor - Great Victoria Desert; North West.

This sub-series also includes references to: Western Australia.

This subseries includes references to the 'Wongaii Wonga'; 'Jiwin Wongga', 'Wanbiri' or 'Wanmaring Wongga'; 'Bijanjarra'; 'Yanggunjarra'; 'Wirongu Wonga'.

Tindale Tribes: Wirangu; Jangkundjara; Pitjandjara; Ngalea.
AIATSIS Tribal/Language Groups: Yankuntjatjara; Wirangu; Pitjantjatjara; Ngalea.

CreatorDaisy May Bates
Date Range1931  -  1932
FormatsLoose Notes
Series AA23/04