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A Peep at the Blacks'

Book Description

This book is concerned with the history of tourism at the Coranderrk Aboriginal Station at Healesville, northeast of Melbourne, which functioned as a government reserve from 1863 until its closure in 1924. At Coranderrk, Aboriginal mission interests and tourism intersected and the station became a ‘showplace’ of Aboriginal culture and the government policy of assimilation. The Aboriginal residents responded to tourist interest by staging cultural performances that involved boomerang throwing and traditional ways of lighting fires and by manufacturing and selling traditional artifacts. Whenever government policy impacted adversely on the Aboriginal community, the residents of Coranderrk took advantage of the opportunities offered to them by tourism to advance their political and cultural interests. This was particularly evident in the 1910s and 1920s when government policy moved to close the station.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Titelseite
  3. Impressum
  4. Inhalt
  5. Abbreviations
  6. Metric Conversions
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Note to Readers
  9. 1 Aboriginal Mission Tourism in Nineteenth Century Victoria
    1. 1.1 Aboriginal Mission Tourism in Colonial Victoria: an Overview
    2. 1.2 Methodology and Sources
    3. 1.3 Histories of Coranderrk
    4. 1.4 Studies of Tourism at Coranderrk
    5. 1.5 Coranderrk Aboriginal Station – a Brief History
    6. 1.6 About This Book
    7. Select References
  10. 2 Tourism at Coranderrk
    1. 2.1 Tarra Bobby, the Brataualung, and Acheron Station, April 1860
    2. 2.2 Rev. Robert Hamilton’s Impressions of Coranderrk, August 1864
    3. 2.3 Making progress at Coranderrk 1865
    4. 2.4 1866 Intercolonial Exhibition
    5. 2.5 The Northern Wathawurrung Visit the ‘Blackfellow’s Township’, March 1866
    6. 2.6 Daniel Matthews, May 1866
    7. 2.7 Joseph Shaw’s Visit to Coranderrk, 1868
    8. 2.8 Sale of Coranderrk Baskets in Melbourne
    9. 2.9 R.H. Otter, 1872
    10. 2.10 James Whitelaw Craig, March 1875
    11. 2.11 Healesville in the 1880s
    12. 2.12 Hawkers at Coranderrk
    13. 2.13 Garnet Walch’s Request for Information: ‘Visitors Not Refused But Not Invited’
    14. 2.14 Massina’s 1888 Visitor Guide
    15. 2.15 Healesville in the Early 1900s
    16. 2.16 Elinor Clowes and Coranderrk
    17. 2.17 Officers from the American Fleet 1908
    18. 2.18 The Gift of Boomerangs, October 1909
    19. 2.19 The Companion Guide to Healesville
    20. 2.20 Raffia Work, 1909
    21. 2.21 South African Cricket Team, February 1911
    22. 2.22 Temptations in the Tourist Resort of Healesville, 1911
    23. 2.23 Healesville Shire Council: Coranderrk ‘Will Ruin Healesville as a Tourist Resort’
    24. 2.24 Rev. Frederic Chambers Spurr – Impressions and Experiences of Coranderrk
    25. 2.25 Communal Sharing of Blankets, 1919
    26. 2.26 Tourism in the 1920s – Before the Closure of Coranderrk
    27. 2.27 Mrs Aeneas Gunn, Coranderrk, and John Terrick
    28. 2.28 Dame Nellie Melba and Coranderrk
    29. 2.29 Lanky Manton and Alick Mullett at the VFL Preliminary Final, October 1921
    30. 2.30 Agnes (Annie) Edwards Visits Coranderrk, January 1923
    31. Select References
    32. Appendix 2.1 Spurr’s (1915) Reminiscences of Coranderrk
  11. 3 Researchers and Coranderrk
    1. 3.1 Enrico Hillyer Giglioli, May 1867
    2. 3.2 Henry Nottidge Moseley, March 1874
    3. 3.3 Désiré Charnay, November 1878
    4. 3.4 Rev. John Mathew, January 1909
    5. 3.5 L.W.G. Büchner, May 1912
    6. 3.6 Professor Felix Ritter von Luschan, 1914
    7. 3.7 J.M. Provan’s Views on the Research Value of Retaining Coranderrk, 1921
    8. Select References
    9. Appendix 3.1: Giglioli’s (1876) Account of his 1867 Visit to Coranderrk
    10. Appendix 3.2 Moseley’s (1892) Account of his 1874 Visit to Coranderrk
    11. Appendix 3.3 Désiré Charnay’s (1881) Report of His 1878 Visit to Coranderrk
    12. Appendix 3.4 Désiré Charnay’s (1880) Account of His November 1878 Visit to Coranderrk
  12. 4 International Dignitaries and Their Impressions of Coranderrk
    1. 4.1 Sir William Henry Gregory, Former Governor of Ceylon, February 1877
    2. 4.2 James Anthony Froude, February 1885
    3. 4.3 The Marquis and Marchioness of Stafford, Viscount Tarbat, November 1886
    4. 4.4 Lady Brassey, June 1887
    5. 4.5 Lord Brassey and family, October 1897
    6. 4.6 Officers from the Italian warship Puglia, September 1901
    7. 4.7 Dr Henry Lowther Clarke, Anglican Bishop of Melbourne, September 1904
    8. 4.8 Sir Reginald Arthur James Talbot, Victorian Governor, October 1904
    9. 4.9 Alfred Hugh Fisher, Visual Instruction Committee of the Colonial Office, June 1910
    10. 4.10 Lord and Lady Denman, March 1912, April 1913
    11. 4.11 Sir Arthur Lyulph Stanley, Victorian Governor, April 1919
    12. 4.12 Sailors From H.M.S. Renown, May 1920
    13. 4.13 Lord Northcliffe, September 1921
    14. 4.14 The British Squadron and Members of the Methodist Church, March 1924
    15. Select References
  13. 5 Journalists and Correspondents and Coranderrk
    1. 5.1 An Easter Trip to Mount Juliet, April 1864
    2. 5.2 With ‘The Last of the Mohicans’ on the Upper Yarra, July 1866
    3. 5.3 Notes of a Trip to the Black Spur, March 1868
    4. 5.4 A Week on the Yarra Track by “Beppo”, January 1874
    5. 5.5 ‘Our Sable Brethren Live in Semi-civilized Comfort’, November 1874
    6. 5.6 Coranderrk – ‘Well Worth a Visit, But Go On a Week Day’, January 1875
    7. 5.7 Cricket at Coranderrk, April 1876
    8. 5.8 ‘Under the Impression that Coranderrk Belongs to Them’, September 1876
    9. 5.9 John Stanley James, aka ‘The Vagabond’, and Coranderrk
      1. 5.9.1 ‘A Peep at the Blacks’: The Vagabond’s First Visit to Coranderrk, March 1877
      2. 5.9.2 A Second Visit from ‘The Vagabond’, May 1885
      3. 5.9.3 The Vagabond’s 1893 Visit to Coranderrk
    10. 5.10 ‘Melbournensis’, Yering, and the Black Spur, January 1881
    11. 5.11 Melton Prior and Coranderrk, January 1888
    12. 5.12 A Cricket Match: Coranderrk versus St John’s Cricket Club, November 1892
    13. 5.13 A Camping Holiday on the Coranderrk Creek, January 1894
    14. 5.14 ‘Amongst the Black Fellows’ by J.D.C., November 1911
    15. 5.15 A Picnic at Coranderrk, March 1914
    16. 5.16 ‘How Would You Like To Be Forced to Move to Germany?’ January 1918
    17. Select References
  14. 6 William Barak and Coranderrk Tourism
    1. 6.1 Oscar Comettant, 1888
    2. 6.2 Arthur Baessler, 1892
    3. 6.3 R.H. Mathews, 1903
    4. 6.4 M.L. Hutchinson, 1903
    5. 6.5 Sister Agnes (Agnes Row), 1911
    6. Select References
    7. Appendix 6.1 Oscar Comettant’s Entry on William Barak
    8. Appendix 6.2 Arthur Baessler’s Chapter on William Barak
  15. 7 Coranderrk, Photographs and Tourist Postcards
    1. 7.1 Nicholas Caire
    2. 7.2 James Ricalton, Underwood & Underwood Photographer, 1908
    3. 7.3 Healesville photographers: Ernest Samuel Fysh and J. & O.H. Kercheval
    4. 7.4 Weddings at Coranderrk
      1. 7.4.1 Five Weddings at Coranderrk in the Same Ceremony, April 1868
      2. 7.4.2 Hugh McRae and Lizzie Hamilton Wedding, 2 August 1909
      3. 7.4.3 Willie Russell and Julia Sherwin, March 1910
      4. 7.4.4 John Terrick – Ellen Darby Wedding, 7 July 1910
      5. 7.4.5 Alick Mullett and Violet Manton Wedding, October 1910
      6. 7.4.6 William Logan and Priscilla Johnson Wedding, 18 July 1917
    5. 7.5 A Congregational Minister Visits Coranderrk, September 1917
    6. Select References
  16. 8 Tourism at Coranderrk After Its Closure In 1924
    1. 8.1 The Closure of Coranderrk, February 1924
    2. 8.2 Frank Latimer and Henry F. Sennett, Art Exhibition October 1924
    3. 8.3 Six residents remain at Coranderrk, June 1925
    4. 8.4 The Mantons move to Lake Tyers, December 1927
    5. 8.5 Meeting Mrs Dunolly, August 1930
    6. 8.6 Conclusion
    7. Select References
    8. Appendix 8.1 Portraits of Coranderrk Station Managers and Their Families
    9. Select References
  17. Index