The Aborigines of Western Australia by Albert F. Calvert. ANY
attempt to fathom the depth of mystery which surrounds the history
of the Australian Aboriginal must necessarily be--in the main--a
failure. The subject is surrounded with difficulty. Captain Dampier
was the first Englishman known to have made the acquaintance of the
Australian natives, whom he calls "the poor winking people of New
Holland, the miserablest people on earth," and so forth. During the
intervening two centuries we have not added much to our knowledge
regarding them. They have no written language, and are forbidden to
speak of the dead: two serious obstacles to research. During my
wanderings in Western Australia, in the capacity of a mining
engineer, I came across a good many of the natives; and taking a
profound interest in everything connected with the colony I
resolved to set down in brief and simple form such facts...
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