Reference code(s): GB 1446 MS 34
Held at: Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland
Title: MATHEW, John (1849-1929): 'Explanation of some of the Australian class names, the correlation of the classes and the relation between them and the languages'
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 5 items
Name of creator(s): Mathew | John | 1849-1929 | Presbyterian minister and anthropologist
Born, Aberdeen, Scotland, 1849; educated at Kidd's school, Aberdeen, and at the Insch Free Church School; migrated to Queensland, Australia, 1864; became familiar with the language and culture of the Kabi and Wakka peoples; gold-digger at Imbil and Ravenswood, 1864-1866; teacher for Queensland Department of Public Instruction at Dalby, 1872-1875, and the Brisbane Normal School, 1875-1876; called to the priesthood; matriculated and graduated from the University of Melbourne (BA, 1884; MA, 1886); inducted to the parish of Ballan,1887; minister at the suburban charge of Coburg, 1889-1923; lifelong interest in Aboriginal ethnography, publishing two books and numerous papers and articles on the subject; died 1929.
Publications: Eaglehawk and Crow (1899)
Two Representative Tribes of Queensland (1910)
Scope and content/abstract:
Paper by John Mathew, entitled 'Explanation of some of the Australian class names, the correlation of the classes and the relation between them and the languages', written as a supplement to his article 'The Origin of the Australian Phratries and Explanations of Some of the Phratry Names', published in The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, Vol. 40, (Jan - Jun, 1910), pp. 164-170. Includes annotated map of Australia; covering letter from Mathew to the Secretary of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 19 Oct 1926 and completed forms from referees recommending the article for publication, 1925-1926.
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Language/scripts of material: English
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Immediate source of acquisition:
Sent by Mathew to the RAI, 1926.
Archivist's note: Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.
Sources: Australian Dictionary of National Biography
Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.
Date(s) of descriptions: May 2008