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By Carl 1851-1922 Lumholtz

In 1880 the Norwegian ethnologist, zoologist and explorer Carl Lumholtz launched into an day trip to Australia, with the aim of watching the lifestyles and customs of the Australian Aborigines. This publication makes a speciality of his stories whereas residing for a yr with a group in Queensland that had by no means formerly come into touch with white humans. 'Not merely are some of the Australian Aborigines cannibals', says Lumholtz, 'but lots of the tribes haven't but emerged from the Stone Age within the heritage in their development'. He is going on brilliantly to rfile a posh and engaging society. Containing distinct maps to demonstrate the explorer's travels and lots of photographs, the e-book additionally comprises informative appendices outlining Australian heritage, geology, natural world. First released in 1889, Lumholtz's vintage account of the occasions and practices he witnessed keeps the ability to surprise, teach and entertain the fashionable reader.

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In Adelaide I was advised to say, when I came to Melbourne, that Adelaide was a hole, and that no city in the southern hemisphere could be compared with Melbourne, the Queen of the South ; but if I desired to keep on good terms with the people of Sydney, I must take care not to praise Melbourne. On the other hand, I was advised to praise Sydney harbour as the finest in the world. And it is truly a wonderful harbour. It is large enough to hold all the fleets of the world, and its beauty reminds one of the celebrated entrances to Rio and to Naples.

The natives kill the animal in the daytime by dragging it out from the hollow trees where it usually resides. Among the colonists the younger generation are very zealous opossum hunters. They hunt them for sport, going out by moonlight and watching the animal as it goes among the trees to seek its food. 12 AMONG CANNIBALS CHAP, I I was now about to leave the capital of Victoria, a city which cannot fail to be admired by the stranger. It is indeed a remarkable fact that in the same place where fifty years ago the shriek of the parrot blended with the noise of the camp of the native Australian, an international exhibition should be held in a metropolis.

An hour before sunset I left the camp with my gun, and soon caught sight of a pair of these parrots, a male and a female, that were walking near an ant-hill eating grass-seed. After I had shot the male, the female flew up into a neighbouring tree. I did not at once go to pick up the dead bird—the fine scarlet feathers of the lower part of its belly, which shone in the rays of the setting sun, could easily be seen in the distance. Soon after the female came flying down to her dead mate. With her beak she repeatedly lifted the dead head up from the ground, walked to and fro over the body, as if she would bring it to life again ; then she flew away, but immediately returned with some dry straws of grass in her beak, and laid them before the dead bird, evidently for the purpose of getting him to eat the seed.

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