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Issue Details: First known date: 1993... 1993 A World That Was : The Yaraldi of the Murray River and the Lakes, South Australia.
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'This extraordinary book, written from material gathered over half a century ago, will almost certainly be the last fine-grained account of traditional Aboriginal life in settled south-eastern Australia. It recreates the world of the Yaraldi group of the Kukabrak or Narrinyeri people of the Lower Murray and Lakes region of South Australia.

In 1939 Albert Karloan, a Yaraldi man, urged Ronald Berndt to record the story of his people. Karloan and Pinkie Mack, a Yaraldi woman, possessed through personal experience, not merely through hearsay, an all but complete knowledge of traditional life. They were virtually the last custodians of that knowledge and they felt the burden of their unique situation. This book represents their concerted efforts to pass on their story to future generations.

A World That Was encompasses relations between and among individuals and clan groups, land tenure, kinship, the subsistence economy, trade, ceremony, councils, fighting and warfare, rites of passage from conception to death, myths and beliefs and practices concerning healing and the supernatural. Not least, it is a record of the dramatic changes following European colonization.'

Source: UBC Press website http://www.ubcpress.ubc.ca/index.html (Sighted: 24/01/2011)

Notes

  • Dedication: To Albert Karloan, Pinkie Mack and Mark Wilson in fulfilment of our promise that this social history would be made available to the descendants of the Narrinyeri people and to all Australians.
  • The material contained in this volume was recorded in a public context and was not regarded as being restricted in any way.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Carlton, Parkville - Carlton area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Melbourne University Press ; Miegunyah Press , 1993 .
      Extent: xxxi, 624p.p.
      Description: illus., maps, ports.
      Note/s:
      • Published by Melbourne University Press at the Miegunyah Press.
      • This book is number eleven in the Meigunyah Press Series, the establishment of which was made possible by bequests under the wills of Sir Russell and Lady Grimwade.
      • Foreword by Robert Tonkinson.
      • Contains indexes to place names and Aboriginal personal and family names.
      • Includes genealogies and language translations.
      • Includes bibliography.
      ISBN: 0522844278
      Series: y separately published work icon Miegunyah Press Series Miegunyah Press (publisher), 1967-1994 Z1107567 1967 series - publisher

      Miegunyah Press Series takes its name from Miegunyah, the home of Lady Mab and Sir Russell Grimwade; it was made possible by bequests under their wills.

      The Grimwade bequest enabled MUP to publish eighteen Miegunyah Press titles between 1967 and 1994. The list is strong in Australian history, maritime history, natural history and biography. (Adapted from the publisher's website: http://www.mup.unimelb.edu.au/Miegunyah.html)

      Number in series: 11
    • Vancouver, British Columbia,
      c
      Canada,
      c
      Americas,
      :
      UBC Press ,
      1993 .
      Extent: xxxi, 624 p., [20] p. of platesp.
      Description: illus., maps, ports
      Note/s:
      • Includes index and bibliography.
      ISBN: 9780774804783, 0774804785
      Series: y separately published work icon Miegunyah Press Series Miegunyah Press (publisher), 1967-1994 Z1107567 1967 series - publisher

      Miegunyah Press Series takes its name from Miegunyah, the home of Lady Mab and Sir Russell Grimwade; it was made possible by bequests under their wills.

      The Grimwade bequest enabled MUP to publish eighteen Miegunyah Press titles between 1967 and 1994. The list is strong in Australian history, maritime history, natural history and biography. (Adapted from the publisher's website: http://www.mup.unimelb.edu.au/Miegunyah.html)

      Number in series: 11

Works about this Work

[Review Essay] A World That Was : The Yaraldi of the Murray River and the Lakes, South Australia Kingsley Palmer , 1994 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Aboriginal Studies , no. 1 1994; (p. 50-52)

'This book is published in fulfilment of a promise made by Ronald and Catherine Berndt to their Aboriginal friends of the Lower Murray River area of South Australia. The promise was that the social history of the Narrinyeri people would be made available to their descendants and to all Australians. For the Berndts, the fieldwork, undertaken in 1939, 1942 and 1943, was among their first encounters with indigenous Australians. It is sad that its publication is among their last. Ronald Berndt died in 1990 before the manuscript was published. Catherine Berndt survived her husband to write the acknowledgements for the book, but she too died in 1994.'  (Introduction)

The World of the Yaraldi Duncan Graham , 1993 single work biography
— Appears in: The Age , 4 December 1993; (p. 8)
The World of the Yaraldi Duncan Graham , 1993 single work biography
— Appears in: The Age , 4 December 1993; (p. 8)
[Review Essay] A World That Was : The Yaraldi of the Murray River and the Lakes, South Australia Kingsley Palmer , 1994 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Aboriginal Studies , no. 1 1994; (p. 50-52)

'This book is published in fulfilment of a promise made by Ronald and Catherine Berndt to their Aboriginal friends of the Lower Murray River area of South Australia. The promise was that the social history of the Narrinyeri people would be made available to their descendants and to all Australians. For the Berndts, the fieldwork, undertaken in 1939, 1942 and 1943, was among their first encounters with indigenous Australians. It is sad that its publication is among their last. Ronald Berndt died in 1990 before the manuscript was published. Catherine Berndt survived her husband to write the acknowledgements for the book, but she too died in 1994.'  (Introduction)

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