Champ, W. (MS 38)

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Aboriginal vocabulary, comprising the Ballaarat, Bacchus Marsh, Melbourne and Gipps Land: dialects with a selection of dialogues and familiar phrases. Pentridge, 1862

2 vols. 31.5 x 20.5 cm

Handwritten, in black and red; two columns

Grey-green cloth boards, dull red leather spines and covers; lettered on upper covers on off-white labels (title); on red-white labels: Intercolonial Exhibition, Melbourne, 1866 – Number 503: exhibited by Col. W. Champ; on white label (1): Exhibited by W. Champ

2. Title: Supplement to the aboriginal vocabulary, comprising the Mount Gambien and Wonnin dialects

Inserted: Mitchells vocabularies [of words having the same meaning in different parts of Australia], consisting of 14 handwritten tables. Handwritten note: For Col. Chump [sic] with Sir Redmond Barry’s compliments. To be returned

Note: (1 Feb. 2010) Elizabeth Willis, Curator Emeritus, History and Technology Dept., Museum Victoria, supplies the following information: I have determined that the Aboriginal vocabulary in your collection attributed to Colonel Champ is identical to the vocabulary collected and compiled by William Thomas, Assistant Protector and later Guardian of the Aborigines, in Victoria. It was exhibited under Champ’s name in the 1867 Exhibition, but is clearly Thomas’ work