tip70-10-5-2 Fison to Frazer 28/4/05
tip70-10-24-3 Taplin to Fison and Smithsonian Schedule
relationships may be owingto an intermixture of theraces. There is evidently anintermixture in thesetribes. The narrinyeri havecustoms precisely similarto those of the Samoansand other customs the exactcounterpart of those foundin Taima. The nahakof the Tannese (SeeDr G Turner's Nineteen yearsin Polynesia) as exactlylike the Narrinyeranngadhungi. I have foundthis characteristic customtoo 700 miles north ofAdelaide amongst thetribes there. That is, myBrother who resided theresent me an account of it as a curiosity.I have collected andtabulated a number of words from some 18Australian languages.I sent a copy of thistable to England and itcame into the hands of Max Muller.
tip70-10-24-4 Taplin to Fison 7/1/1873
The Revd L FisonMy dear SirI have to apologize for nothaving answered your letters of the 16thNovr and 13 Decr last before now. Ithas been harvest time, and is so stilland I have been very busy. I have the management of a large Farmin connection with this Station in addition to other duties, and the work has absorbed the whole of mytime. I especially thank you for your last letter, as I had no ideathat the paper on Native Languagehad been published and am verymuch obliged to you for letting meknow of it. At the request ofthe Aborigines Department in the Government of this Colony, I sent intwo papers, one on the Diseases of the Aborigines, and another, with a table of languages, on the language of the Aborigines. His Excellency SirJas Fergusson sent them to Englandand I received through him thethanks of Earl Kimberly, and anexpression of opinion from MaxMuller that they were of value.
hw0245 Christison to Howitt 1884/09/23
in burra [underlined] except one. For instance this district is Balleburra, the next Pouleburraand so on to the eleventh, but the twelfthis Goamulga. I have learned a great deal about the natives in a general wayI have them all about me now, all theboys do my station work, I have had themall baptized, and took one to Englandon my last trip. My experience is thatunder judicious treatment they are a very fair specimen of humanity.
I have a gang of boys here, I could crossthe Continent with, in fact I prefer them, for cattle work to Europeans. I couldrelate some captial anecdotes about themin the early days, but if your book is merelya scientific one, they would be out ofplace. May I ask if you are the samewho took charge of the relief party insearch of Burke + Wills?
I am an old explorer myself, and
hw0248 Christison to Howitt 3/12/1887
and the O6 [6 is superscript] in the inside express a wish to meet.
I have been trying to get further information for you and I thought of sending you a stick, but I fear it might be misleading for I am careful not to propound any theories of mine, without some authenticity. I will however get a short message made out, and will send the interpretation as well as some notes upon it.
Re deceased brother's widow. [all underlined] I have now to confirm all which I wrote to you in my letter from Tenterfield of the 30th January 1887. I have had the same version from others of the tribe. I leave by the "Dacca" on the 31st inst. and intend remaining in Europe for one or two years. I shall anxiously look for the issue of your book, and will be glad to know who the publishers will be. You might write me a line if you have time, my address is 85 Comeragh RoadWest Kensington S.W.London
I shall be delighted to see you there, should you be coming to England.
I remain Yours sincerelyR. Christison