MS 2126

The William G. Hoddinot collection,
Papers on the

NSW North Coast, New England and Daly River (NT) languages


Box Series
Access and scope note
Biographical note
1-3 New England and the North Coast
4-6 Daly River papers
Djamindjungan language group



Open access. Depositor's permission not required for quotation or copying in part or whole - A1/B5. Closed access items in boxes 2 and 3. Available only to people authorised by the Depositor.


Handwritten and typescript (processed) material. Photographs and prints. 6 (17 cm) boxes, 67 items.


W.G. Hoddinott

W.G. Hoddinott, who died in 1984, was Associate Professor in the English Department of the University of New England, Armidale, NSW. Soon after his appointment to the University in 1960 he began recording Aboriginal languages still known to the old people of Armidale and the NSW North Coast. His research later extended to the languages of the Daly and Victoria Rivers regions of the NT where he was assisted by J. Cleverly, J. Bolt and F. Kofod. Guide and summary of tapes compiled by F. Kofod.

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  1. New England area - Lists of possible informants in the New England area in 1963-1964.
  2. New England area - copy of old photograph of A.N.S.W. Aboriginal King - Robert King of Gumbathang (Grandfather of Frank Archibald). Photograph is held in the Pictures Collection.
  3. New England area - Handwritten original of 'The Languages and Legends of the New England Area' published in I. McBryde, Records of Times Past, A.I.A.S. 1978.
  4. New England area - Bibliographies, handwritten extracts from reference works, copies of relevant articles and maps used as background for writing item 3 .
  5. New England area - Approximately 250 words in Gadang (Gadhang) recorded at Purfleet near Taree, May 16, 1967, by W.G. Hoddinott from Fred Charles Bugg (then aged 70 and last known speaker of the language).
  6. New England area - Letter from Dr. Capell, October 5, 1970, with short list of words in Birpai (Port Macquarie area). (Collector and informant unknown).
  7. New England area - Copy of report of field trip by Mr. C.A.F. Court to the New England District 11-23 March, 1963, and words collected from Mr. Jonathan Thorp and Mr. Tom Murray at Guyra, (Anewan ?).
  8. New England area - Folder marked 'Vocabularies' contains vocabulary lists collected from published and unpublished sources in - Anewan (a) Matthews (b) unidentified source (c) few words recorded from Frank Archibald by W.G. Hoddinott March 31, 1966. Bundjalung - Smythe. Kutthung (Gadhang) - Unidentified source. Yookumbil - Matthews. Short list of Aboriginal place names in the Clarence River District compiled by Mr. Ray Hansford from informant Alec Randall (died 1960, about 75 years old). Given by W.R. Weiley of Grafton. Probably Gumbaynggir and/or Iyaygir (Yaygir).
  9. New England area - Extracts from writings and covering letter from Diana Paine, June 6 1973. Relates to Aboriginal education and relations between black and white in Armidale from 1956 to 1973.
  10. Gumbaynggir - Transcriptions of songs and stories told to W.G. Hoddinott during the late 1960s by the following - Harry Buchanan (Tape 8) Birugan story. Amos Harvey (Tape 8) Secret song, Porcupine story. Frank Archibald (Armidale) Hill song, Wonggaladji - song about the opening of the railway. Hymn song, Corroboree song, Nymboida song. (Transcription of words of songs). (Tape 6A). Lennie Silva Song about fishing. (Tape 6A). Clarence Skinner (Grafton?) Four songs, Old Woman Story. (Tape 6B). Rocky Laurie Gumbaynggir story. (There is a tiny scrap of tape on which the informant is addressed as Rocky, with a short story in an unidentified language, the beginning of which bears some resemblance to the beginning of this transcription. (9A). This is obviously not the same version. There is no tape of this version).
  11. Gumbaynggir - Two copies of typed versions of Birugan story (Harry Buchanan), Old Woman story (Clarence Skinner) and Porcupine story (Amos Harvey). Includes handwritten glossary which differs slightly in each copy.
  12. Gumbaynggir - Rough transcript by W.G. Hoddinott and F. Kofod of Tape 7.Gumbaynggir stories told mostly in English to an Aboriginal lady from Armidale (possibly Ivy Smith) by Phillip Long. (Includes a small number of Gumbaynggir words). Transcription of tape by same informant done by Janet Bolt, dated June 1, 1965. Includes a brief synopsis in English of three stories and Gumbaynggir vocabulary and sentences. Tape referred to below has not been found.
  13. Gumbaynggir - Word list (100 words) and short text collected by F. Kofod from Jimmy Runner at Corindi, near Red Rock, mid 1970. Text is on Tape 9.
  14. Gumbaynggir - Draft of 'An analysis construction for a type of Australian Aboriginal language', by F.W. Harwood, University of Tasmania, August 17, 1965.
  15. Gumbaynggir - Transcript of Tape 6. (Note: see also short Gumbaynggir word lists in the back of notebook J3 in Dhanggadi File N4. Collected by W.G. Hoddinott from Les Buchanan and Fred Laurie (place not shown) and from Fanny Adams, 2 Mile BagBag Forest (Pillar Valley). Tapes 1 to 10 are in Gumbaynggir. Two Gumbaynggir songs on Tape 11 - transcription in book J3 in Dhanggadi File No.4.
  16. (Cards with sentences in Gumbaynggir. No tape found. N2A.)
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  1. Dhanggadi 1 - Photocopy of 'Some Notes on the Dhanggadi Language of the N.E. New South Wales with References to Some of the Common Forms and Uses of the Verb'. Paper read at ANZAAS, Canberra 1968(?) by W.G. Hoddinott. CLOSED ACCESS.
  2. Dhanggadi 1 - Short Dhanggadi word list collected by W.G. Hoddinott from Victor Shepherd (undated). CLOSED ACCESS.
  3. Dhanggadi 1 - Manilla folder containing transcriptions of tapes 18, 19, 20, and 21. Collector W.G. Hoddinott. Informant Doug Scott. Sentences/vocabulary items numbered 1 to 996. The English translation of sentences 1 to 830 is on the first set of sheets in the folder. The Dhanggadi of all items is in the second set of foolscap sheets. No English translation of items 831 to 996 appears in this folder. However the English may be heard on tape 21 and is also to be found scattered throughout the Verb file (Item 7 in Box File N4) and listed under individual words in Item 4 in Box File N3. Undated, but must have been recorded before the paper listed as item 1 in this file was written. CLOSED ACCESS.
  4. Dhanggadi 1 - Alphabetical (more or less) list of all words occurring in sentences 1 to 996 giving the sentences in which they occur. Prepared by Janet Bolt. CLOSED ACCESS.
  5. Dhanggadi 1 - Typed copy of short list of Dhanggadi words collected by G.F. Cobb at Towel Creek Station, Macleay River, N.S.W. 1897. Source not shown. CLOSED ACCESS.
  6. Dhanggadi 2 - Notebook J3. This is all Dhanggadi except for 2 Gumbaynggir songs pp.4-8 sung by Mrs. Ballangary on Tape 11 and 6 pages of Gumbaynggir vocabulary in the back of the book recorded by W.G. Hoddinott from Les Buchanan, Fred Laurie and Fanny Adams. Pp.1-85 transcriptions of tapes 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16 recorded by Janet Bolt. Informants Henry Duckett, Mark Smith, Paddy Callaghan, Len Duckett, Mrs. Holten, Doug Scott and Bessie Quinlan. CLOSED ACCESS.
  7. Dhanggadi 2 - Exercise book marked W.G. Hoddinott. Contains lists of words grouped in word classes with examples of different grammatical forms in both W. G. Hoddinott 's and Janet Bolt's handwriting. CLOSED ACCESS.
  8. Dhanggadi 2 - Foolscap sheets marked D2J - Transcription of tape 17. Tingha May 5, 1967. Informant Doug Scott. Collector Janet Bolt. CLOSED ACCESS.
  9. Dhanggadi 2 - Handwritten copy of Matthew's Dhanggadi word list with corresponding words given to W.G. Hoddinott by Doug Scott. This is stapled together with sheets of analysis of verbs on which the paper item1 in N3 was based. CLOSED ACCESS.
  10. Dhanggadi 2 - Small set of 6" x 41" cards showing examples of pronoun use. CLOSED ACCESS.
  11. Dhanggadi 2 - Alphabetical Dhanggadi word lists - sorted into word classes. CLOSED ACCESS.
  12. Dhanggadi 2 - List of examples of Dhanggadi verb use sorted -under English translations - based on sentences 1 to 996: Item 3 in N3. CLOSED ACCESS.
  13. Dhanggadi 2 - Spirax notebook - Doug Scott, May 15th-18th, 1967. Collected by Janet Bolt. CLOSED ACCESS.
  14. Dhanggadi 3 - Dhanggadi word list recorded at Bellbrook in early 1970's by a student from the University of New England, Wendy Jay. Informant not identified. CLOSED ACCESS.
  15. Iyaygir (Yaygir) Field Notes - Book 1 contains transcriptions of Tapes 22-27 and also a lot of other Iyaygir (Yaygir) material which is not on tape. This includes vocabulary, sentences and some text and songs. Collected by W. G. Hoddinott from Sandy Cameron at Yamba, N. S. W., in 1966 and 1967. Book 2 dated February 10th-11th seems to have been re-written from the first part of Book 1. Book 3 dated August 22-23, 1967, contains verb conjugations, a list of nouns with different case endings and some sentences. Also in this folder is a partial transcription of tape 28 and a copy of Sandy Cameron's family tree. (Source unknown). CLOSED ACCESS.
  16. Iyaygir (Yaygir) Grammar - Introduction to proposed 'Outline of the Grammar of the Iyaygir (Yaygir) Language (North East N.S.W.)' by W.G. Hoddinott. Notes preliminary to final draft on Phonology, Pronouns, Nominal Affixes, Verb Forms, Iyaygir (Yaygir) - English and English - Iyaygir (Yaygir) word lists. Comparative Iyaygir (Yaygir) - Gumbaynggir - Bandjalang word list. CLOSED ACCESS.
  17. Kamilaroi - Short list of Kamilaroi words and phrases collected by W.G. Hoddinott from Florrie Munroe. Undated. Confidential list of Aboriginal people living at Tingha as at November 29 1969. Few Kamilaroi words which despite the fact that it says 'Deepwater/Strathbogie Walker Kamilaroi' on the sheet, I am sure were recorded by W.G. Hoddinott accompanied by (F. Kofod) in 1970 from an unnamed old man at Tingha. I think the place written on the sheet was a possible place to find another informant. Short comparative word list in Annewan, Banbai, Dhanggati Copy of a list of 35 words collected on a trip to Moree, Mungindi, Boggabilla and Tingha, June 9th-13th, 1969, by Marian Fennell. (Given to Mrs. Hoddinott by Frances Lovejoy). CLOSED ACCESS.
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  1. Daly River papers - DR1 - Maridjerbin field notes (Maridyebin) - Collected by W.G. Hoddinott at the Daly River Mission in 1967 (informants Frank Atu and Maggie Dityi tapes 31-35) and at Port Keats in 1980 (informants Thomas tapes 36-43; Timothy Dumin tape 44; Albert Mulumbuk tape 45; Claver Dumu tapes 46-49; Martin tape; Charlie Brinken tapes 47-48). CLOSED ACCESS.
  2. Daly River papers - DR1 - Maridjerbin field notes (Maridyebin) - Two notebooks 1 and 2, one set of paper stapled together - No.3, and two manilla covered exercise books Nos. 4 & 5. (Photocopies only included. The originals and corrected transcripts will be sent on by F. Kofod when the projected Grammar is completed). Also included is a copy of Hoddinott's notes made on the Capell elicitation sheets. The first few pages show Marithiyel in the left hand column as well as the Maridjerbin. Photocopy of Dr. Capell's original 1930's field notes in Brinken. CLOSED ACCESS.
  3. Daly River papers - DR2 - Maridjerbin Analysis. CLOSED ACCESS.
  4. Daly River papers - DR3 - Maridjerbin Verb File. CLOSED ACCESS.
  5. Daly River papers - DR3 - Maridjerbin Verb File. CLOSED ACCESS.
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  1. Daly River papers - DR4 Gandyegidya (Probably an alternate name for Marithiyel) - Vocabulary collected at Daly River Mission in 1971 by F. Kofod from Nellie.
  2. Daly River papers - DR5 - Mandgala vocabulary and sentences collected by W.G. Hoddinott in 1967 from Nugget at Wooliana, 1967. Tapes 50-54.
  3. Daly River papers - DR6 - Maringar. Two copies of the Capell elicitation sheets. The older copy is a transcript of tape 55. The newer copy has Maringar mostly on the left hand side written in pen. On pages 1-9 the corresponding words written in pencil are in Ngankikurungkurr. Collected by W.G. Hoddinott. Informants unidentified. Includes also a photocopy of Capell's field notes in Nanu and Moi'l (?Maringar). The Moi'l is not as may have been expected, either Ngankikuringkurr or Ngankiwumirri.
  4. Daly River papers - DR7 - Batymal / Wogaty / Watyiginy. Set of Capell Vocabulary and Elicitation Sheets and one notebook in Batymal/Wogaty. Collected by W.G. Hoddinott from Harry Morgan (tapes 56-62) at Daly River Mission in 1967 and 1971. Vocabulary and sentences in Wadyiginy collected by W.G. Hoddinott and F. Kofod from Audrey Smith at Wooliana in 1971 (tape 63 and side 1 of tape 82). Very short Ami/Mende word list collected by F. Kofod at Daly River 1971.
  5. Daly River papers - DR8- Warrai and Wagaman. Warrai wordlist collected by W.G. Hoddinott in 1967 from Moonlight (tape 64). Wagaman - short wordlist collected by W.G. Hoddinott, probably in 1967, from unidentified informant.
  6. Daly River papers - DR9 - Malak Malak and Weret.Vocabulary in Malakmalak and vocabulary and phrase in Weret collected at Wooliana in 1971 by F. Kofod from Jessie (MalakMalak) and an unidentified woman. (Tape 65 Malakmalak).
  7. Daly River papers - DR10 - Ngankikurungkurr / Ngankiwumirri. Transcriptions of all tapes in Ngankikurungkurr and Ngankiwumirri (66-89) made from original notes of W.G. Hoddinott and F. Kofod by latter in early 1985 to check the phonology of the languages.
  8. Daly River papers - DR11 - Ngankikurungkurr and Ngankiwumirri Notebooks. Informants Miriam-Rose Angkanmerr [Ungunmerr] Bauman[n] (nee Wilson) and Minnie (Bridget) Tyululuk. Collectors pp.1-9, 101-148 W.G. Hoddinott (pp.7-9, 101-148 on tape 69); pp.10-62, F. Kofod.
  9. Daly River papers -DR11 - Ngankikurungkurr and Ngankiwumirri Notebooks. Pp.1-25 Ngankikurungkurr, Miriam-Rose (informant) F. Kofod (collector) (tape 82). pp-54-61 Wadyiginy, Audrey Smith (informant), F. Kofod (collector) (tape 82). Unnumbered back pages - Lord's Prayer by Miriam-Rose; pp.86-88 hymn by Miriam-Rose. Pp.89-149 Ngankiwumirri. Informant Roger Kingangu. Pp.89-96 F. Kofod. Pp.97-149 W.G. Hoddinott. See tapes 89,83,85,86 (c.f. corrected transcripts in DR10).
  10. Daly River papers - DR11 - Ngankikurungkurr and Ngankiwumirri Notebooks. Informant Molly. Collector W.G. Hoddinott, pp.1-8 on tape 71.
  11. Daly River papers - DR11 - Ngankikurungkurr and Ngankiwumirri Notebooks. Ngankikurungkurr stories. Informant Miriam-Rose. Collector W.G. Hoddinott pp.1-31 (tape 70). Collector F. Kofod pp.32-102 (tapes 79 and 80). (c.f. corrected transcripts in DR10).
  12. Daly River papers - DR11 - Ngankikurungkurr and Ngankiwumirri Notebooks. Ngankikurungkurr. Informants Miriam-Rose and Minnie Tyululuk. Collector F. Kofod. Pp.161-172 tape 77; pp-109-I23 tape 78; pp.39-46 tape 79; pp.13-20, 24-26 tape 80; pp.127-138, 148-161 tape 81.
  13. Daly River papers - DR11 - Ngankikurungkurr and Ngankiwumirri Notebooks. Ngankikurungkurr and Ngankiwumirri. Informant Roger Kingangu. Pp.1-25 tape 76 (c.f. transcript in DR10); pp.25-26 tape 88.
  14. Daly River papers - DR11 - Ngankikurungkurr and Ngankiwumirri Notebooks. Ngankikurungkurr. Informant Miriam-Rose. Collector W.G. Hoddinott.
  15. Daly River papers - DR11 - Ngankikurungkurr and Ngankiwumirri Notebooks. Ngankikurungkurr. Some notes in Ngankikurungkurr made by W.G. Hoddinott in 1982. Informant probably Miriam-Rose.
  16. Daly River papers - DR12 - Ngankikurungkurr and Ngankiwumirri Miscellaneous Field Notes. Ngankikurungkurr on Capell Elicitation Sheets. Informant Miriam-Rose Angkanmerr [Ungunmerr Baumann]. Collector W.G. Hoddinott, Daly River 1967, 1972, 1973 (tapes 66,67,68,69). Book 8 (old pad) Waving Lizard story (tape 72) (c.f. transcript in DR10). Silent Night, Lord's Prayer and Two Songs by Miriam-Rose. Stories told by Patricia Mafura, Suzanne Nuya and Agnes Wahlee.
  17. Daly River papers - DR12 - Ngankikurungkurr and Ngankiwumirri Miscellaneous Field Notes. Old word list, verb list, problem list and stories prepared by F. Kofod and W.G. Hoddinott to be used to check material by W.G. Hoddinott in 1973. (See tapes 73,74,75 and 76 and also corrected transcripts in DR10).
  18. Daly River papers - DR12 - Ngankikurungkurr and Ngankiwumirri Miscellaneous Field Notes. Ngankiwumirri Vocabulary List. Informant Roger Kingangu. Collector W.G. Hoddinott. Check list in both Ngankikurungkurr and Ngankiwumirri. See tapes 73,83,84,85,86,87,88. Corrected transcripts in DR10.
  19. Daly River papers - DR12 - Ngankikurungkurr and Ngankiwumirri Miscellaneous Field Notes. Capell's original Ngankiwumirri field notes (photocopy).
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  1. Daly River papers - DR 13 - Final and drafts of the unfinished Ngankikurungkurr grammar left by W.G. Hoddinott. Deposited with the Institute so that interested persons may compare these with the final version prepared by F. Kofod and sent to Pacific Linguistics for possible publication.
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  1. Daly River papers - DR14 - Cards with corrected transcripts of Batymal Wadjginy notes mentioned in DR7.


  1. Djamindjungan language group - DJ1 - Djamindjung. Comparative list of words in Djamindjung, Ngaliwuru and Nungali. Dr. Capell's notes on languages in the Djamindjungan group. Original of map of Djmandjung country reproduced in John Cleverly's M.A. Thesis, U.N.E. : 'Preliminary Study of the Phonology and Grammar of Djamindjung', 1968.
  2. Djamindjungan language group - DJ2 - Ngaliwuru field notes (2 books). Collector Janet Bolt. Informant George Djabanguri. Fitzroy Station 1967. (Some vocabulary and story 'Bower bird and crow' on tape 90).
  3. Djamindjungan language group - DJ2 - Ngaliwuru field notes (2 books). Collector Janet Bolt. Informant George Djabanguri. Fitzroy Station, 1967. (Some vocabulary and story 'Bower bird and crow' on tape 90).
  4. Djamindjungan language group - Notes made prior to the final write-up of 'An Elementary Grammar of the Ngaliwuru language of the Northern Territory', Bolt, J.E. , Hoddinott, W.G. and Kofod, F.M.
  5. Djamindjungan language group - DJ3 - Nungali field notes (2 books). Collector Janet Bolt. Informant Dinah Mayilinda.
  6. Djamindjungan language group - DJ3 - Nungali field notes (2 books). Collector Janet Bolt. Informant Dinah Mayilinda.
  7. Djamindjungan language group - Fitzroy Station, 1967 (Some vocabulary, short sentences and story 'The two young men and the rainbow' on tape 91) otherwise no tape.
  8. Djamindjungan language group - Tapes 92-103 are of Djamindjung and Yilngali (possibly a Gadjerong name for Djamindjung). No transcriptions are included of these.

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Guide updated by J. Phillips December 1999.