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A Journey of 13,033 stones: the Westlake Collection and Papers


Taylor, R, A Journey of 13,033 stones: the Westlake Collection and Papers, Collections, 8, (1) pp. 7-37. ISSN 1550-1906 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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The Westlake Collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum includes 13,033 Tasmanian Aboriginal stone artefacts; it is the largest collection of its kind. Formed by amateur English scientist Ernest Westlake from 1908–1910, this paper tells the story of Westlake’s life; why, and how, he chose to travel to Tasmania to collect stone artefacts; and what happened to that collection after his death in 1922. It also explores Westlake’s collection as an enactment of nineteenth and early twentieth-century scientific ideas about Tasmanian Aboriginal people, and examines his accompanying paper archive, in particular his interviews with Aboriginal people. Possibly the richest source of Tasmanian Aboriginal language and culture dating from early twentieth century, these long-overlooked notes demonstrate the enduring traditions of a people once presumed extinct. An epilogue explains how these papers are being published in an innovative online archive guide and history.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:history, archaeology, anthropology, Tasmania, Europe, biography, museums
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Taylor, R (Dr Rebe Taylor)
ID Code:126293
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2018-06-04
Last Modified:2018-07-24

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