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Aboriginal people of New South Wales. Album of photographs by C. Kerry, 1898.

  • Kerry, Charles, 1858-1928
  • Pictures

About this work


Sydney (308 Geo. St.) : Kerry & Co. Photo, [1898?]

Physical description

1 photograph album (20 leaves, 40 photographs) : albumen prints ; sheets approximately 20 x 15 cm or 15 x 20 cm, mounts approximately 27 x 34 cm


Aboriginals N.S.W.


Fol. 1r: Distributing blankets to Aboriginals
Fol. 1v: Aboriginal Piccaninnies
Fol. 2r: Aboriginals' Camp, "group of gins."
Fol. 2v: Group of Northern Territory natives
Fol. 3r: Wermugga Corroboree
Fol. 3v: Aboriginals' Corroboree
Fol. 4r: Aboriginals' Corroboree
Fol. 4v: Aboriginal Corroboree
Fol. 5r: Aboriginals' Corroboree, "drafting sheep."
Fol. 5v: Aboriginals' Corroboree, "a battle."
Fol. 6r: Fish Corroboree
Fol. 6v: Aboriginals "tracking."
Fol. 7r: Bora Corroboree
Fol. 7v: Aboriginal ceremony, "the bora tree."
Fol. 8r: Aboriginal ceremony, "opening the bora"
Fol. 8v: Aboriginal Bora, "arrival of the novices."
Fol. 9r: Aboriginal Bora, "crossing the mystic figures."
Fol. 9v: Aboriginal Bora, "leaving the bora ground."
Fol. 10r: The King’s Mia Mia.
Fol. 10v: Aboriginal's Mia Mia, N.S.W.
Fol. 11r: Aboriginal's Mia Mia, N.S.W.
Fol. 11v: Aboriginal's Mia Mia, N.S.W.
Fol. 12r: Aboriginal's Mia Mia, N.S.W.
Fol. 12v: Aboriginal ceremony, "warriors in ambush."
Fol. 13r: Aboriginal ceremony, "the sick warrior."
Fol. 13v: Aboriginal Corroboree, "healing the sick warrior."
Fol. 14r: Aboriginal Bora, "waiting for instructions."
Fol. 14v: Aboriginal Bora, "approaching the King’s ground."
Fol. 15r: Aboriginal ceremony, "arrival of the King."
Fol. 15v: Aboriginal Bora, "waiting the decision of the Kings."
Fol. 16r: Aboriginal Bora, "approaching the Deity."
Fol. 16v: Aboriginals worshipping figure of the Deity.
Fol. 17r: Aboriginal ceremony, "following the footsteps of the Deity."
Fol. 17v: Aboriginal ceremony, "death of the Deity."
Fol. 18r: Aboriginal ceremony, "lying in wait."
Fol. 18v: Aboriginal ceremony, "gathering wild birds eggs."
Fol. 19r: Aboriginal ceremony, "spearing the wild bull."
Fol. 19v: Aboriginal ceremony, "spearing the alligator."
Fol. 20r: Aboriginal ceremony, "death of the wild boar."
Fol. 20v: Aboriginal ceremony, "a duel to the death."

References note

Nicole Peduzzi, 'Useful, artistic and valuable: Charles Kerry’s historical postcards (1893-1917)', paper at Unpacking the collection: museums, identity and agency, World Archaeological Congress (WAC-6), Dublin 2008

Lettering note

There are inscriptions in the negatives (printed in white on the prints). Parts of the inscriptions are repeated in captions inscribed on the mount: these captions are transcribed in this record


Wellcome Library no. 38104i


  • English

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