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Lecture on the Aboriginees

of Australia

Permit me Mr Chairman, Ladies & Gentlemen,

to make a few preliminary ob-

servations in reference to the Abori-

ginees of Australia - the subject

I have promised to discuss, before

I proceed to the various particulars

which may deserve an inquiry respecting them.

And first I would [indecipherable] you,

lest you or some of you should

raise your expectations too high as

to the interesting information you might receive respecting them. A poor, widely and

thinly scattered race of wandering

unsettled and uncivilized habits as

are the Aborigines of this country can scarcely afford much of interest

either to be instructive as or to amuse or to satis-

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