Collection RS53 - Aboriginal vocabulary

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Aboriginal vocabulary


  • 1827 (Creation)

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2 files - booklet formed of 10 foolscap papers folded lengthways and sewn in the centre + xerox copy

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The. Rev. James Norman was for some years attached to a Mission in Sierra Leone. He arrived in Tasmania in 1827, and after temporary employment in Launceston and at New Town, he was appointed in 1832 to the Chaplaincy of Sorell, which at that time included Richmond and Tasman’s Peninsula, and extended to Swansea, on the East Coast. His removal to Hobart upon his retirement from Sorell in 1867 was soon followed by his death in 1868. On the day of his funeral all public offices in Hobart were closed by order of the Governor, as a testimony of respect for his long and valuable services to the colony.

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This booklet lists Tasmanian aboriginal vocabulary and contains 332 words and 72 names of men and women. A pencilled note on front states: By the Rev. J. Norman, Sorell. The paper has a watermark date of 1827.

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

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See: Norman, James 1910 , 'Aborigines of Tasmania.—the Norman vocabulary' , Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania , pp. 333-342 . -

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Ritz, Hermann B 1910 , 'Notes on the Norman vocabulary' , Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania , pp. 343-345 .

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Bridges, Barry. The Rev. James Norman: the missionary background of a pioneer Tasmanian chaplain . Papers and Proceedings: Tasmanian Historical Research Association, Vol. 41, No. 3, Sept 1994: 179-180

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Held TAHO : The Norman vocabulary / [by the Rev. James Norman].

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