..CAPNO     Bennett.S2.BW

..DEPOSITR  Scott Bennett

..CAPTION LIST covers N4254 NB: Prints from the book "The Queen's

            Empire", published by Cassell and Co Ltd., London, Paris and

            Melbourne, 1897



..NUMBER    N4254.04-05

..DATE      c1890's

..PLACE     Brisbane, Qld

..SUBJECT   Lord Lamington, Governor of Queensland

..DSCRPTN   Reception of the Governor of Queensland. "The Anglo-

            Saxon race has laid so firm a grasp upon the great island of

            Australia that we are too prone to forget that the native

            Australian still exists in the country of his birth. The strange

            scene depicted above furnishes us with an unanswerable proof of

            the fact that he still exists, and in his mild way prospers under

            the bustling rule of the white invaders. Here we see the Governor

            welcomed to the Colony, and in the procession which accompanies

            his Excellency is a group of Aboriginal Australians, forming a

            quaint contrast with the trim, civilised aspect of the troopers

            of the Guard, and with the gaily-dressed crowd who have assembled

            to welcome the representative of the Queen." p 18. Photo: A Lomer

            and Co, Brisbane



..NUMBER    N4254.06

..DATE      c1890's

..DSCRPTN   Australian Aboriginals spearing fish. "That the heroes

            in our picture must have made some advance in the art of posing

            to the photographer when their exploits were thus registered on

            the camera, can hardly be doubted; but that the pose was only a

            momentary interlude in what is a bona fide Australian form of

            sport is equally certain. The spear on which the fish are

            transfixed in the clear water receives its impetus from the short

            stick known as a 'womerah", which is clasped in the right hand,

            and which is capable of imparting great force to the missile. One

            of the natives, it will be seen, carries in his hand the heavy

            boomerang, which, though it does not, perhaps, perform all the

            feats with which tradition credits it, is nevertheless an

            effective weapon in the hand of a skilful thrower." p 103 Photo:

            Cassell and Co



..NUMBER    N4254.07-08

..DATE      c1890's

..DSCRPTN   an Australian corroboree. "The Australian Aboriginal

            natives are nowadays but a feeble folk in the land of their

            birth. At no period can their numbers have been very great, and

            they are now undoubtedly diminishing. Here, however, we see a

            group of this stranage people assembled for the performance of

            the elaborate ceremony known as the "corroboree". It would be an

            error to call the performance a dance: it may be more correctly

            described as a dramatic performance in which gesture and

            carefully drilled movements are combined. The corroboree is a

            solomn function not to be undertaken by the inexperienced; and

            native children from their earliest years are taught the

            necessary movements, and elaborate rules of the game. On the

            right of the picture is to be seen a native holding two of those

            remarkable missiles known as the "boomerang"." p181. Photo: H

            King, Sydney