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Main Title: The Journal of William Thomas 1839-67 : assistant Protector of the Aborigines of Port Phillip and Guardian of the Aborigines of Victoria 1839-1867 / William Thomas Book Cover
Author: Thomas, William, 1791-1867
Stephens, Marguerita editor
Imprint: Melbourne, Vic. : Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, 2014.
Collation: 4 volumes ; facsimiles, paperback ; 30 cm.
Subject: Protectors of aborigines
Victorian Community History Award Nominations
Diaries and journals
Thomas, William, 1791-1867
Indigenous Australians
ISBN: 9780987133779 9780987133786 9780987133793 9780992469603
Notes:
This series presents 28 years of Thomas' journals, transcribed and annotated by Dr Marguerita Stephens (Vols 1-3). Vol 4 provides a substantial collection of Thomas' records of Kulin language - some reworked from earlier transcriptions by Dr Stephen Morey.

For nearly three decades William Thomas chronicled his life and work with Aboriginal Victorians through his daily journal entries.

Now this four volume set, comprehensively indexed and extensively annotated, shines new light on the history of race relations in Australia. Thomas' detailed observations give a rare insight into the process of cultural continuity and collapse, and the agency of Victorian Aboriginal leaders in social and economic interactions with settlers and colonial administrations in a time of great social upheaval.

This first-hand account repopulates Victorian history, paying respect to the work, play and lives of the Aboriginal men and women who emerge from the pages of Thomas' journal.

Victorian Community History Awards 2014 - Local History Project Award - winner
Result Collection Location Shelf No Status Notes
Non-Fiction Stacks 305.801 VIC JOU THO On Loan
Non-Fiction Stacks 305.801 VIC JOU THO On Loan Volume three
Non-Fiction Stacks 305.801 VIC JOU THO On Loan Volume 2
Non-Fiction Stacks 305.801 VIC JOU THO On Loan Volume One
Non-Fiction Main Library 305.801 VIC JOU THO On Loan Volume IV: Kulin language
Non-Fiction Main Library 305.801 VIC JOU THO Available Volume III: 1854-1867
Non-Fiction Main Library 305.801 VIC JOU THO On Loan Volume II: 1844-1853
Non-Fiction Main Library 305.801 VIC JOU THO On Loan Volume I: 1839-1843