About this book
Books on Google Play
CONTENTS OF VOLUME II.
FROM GANTHEAUME BAY TO THE HUTT RIVE R.
Wreck of the Second Boat in Gantheaume Bay—Explore in its
vicinity—Estuary and Scenery about it—Provisions divided—Start
for Perth—Geological Remarks—Cross a District of Red Sandstone
—Plains abounding in the Warran Plant—Superior Native Paths
and Wells —Estuary of the Hutt—Description of the Country and
Scenery—Progress opposed by Natives—The Hutt River—First Hills
of the southern Ironstone Formation
FROM THE HUTT RIVER TO WATER PEAK.
Wild Turkeys seen—Difficulty of urging the Party forward—The
Bowes River—Native Huts—The Victoria Range and District—The
Buller River—The Chapman River—Search for a missing Man—
Scene with Natives—Return of Party from search—The Man found
—The Greenough River—Cross the heads of two Bays—More
Native Huts—Australind—The Irwin River—Search for Water—
Water-Peak Hill–Benighted in returning to the Party
FROM water PEAK To GAIRDNER's RANGE.
Return to the Party–Destruction of useless Baggage–Critical situa-
tion—Divide the Party, and proceed with the strongest to Perth
for assistance—Arrangements at starting—The Arrowsmith River
—Natives—Mount Horner–Gairdner's Range—Generous conduct
of one of the Men
CHAPTER IV. .
FROM GAIRDNER's RANGE TO PERTH.
The Hill River—Discovery of a Native Provision Store—Barren
Country—Sufferings from Thirst—Smith's River—Long and utter
Destitution of Food and Water—Unsuccessful search for Water
with Kaiber—His treacherous intentions—Return to the Men—
Distressing symptoms from Thirst—Last efforts—Fortunate dis-
covery of a moist mud-hole—Pangs of Hunger—River of running
Water—Native Superstitions—Misery from Rain and Cold—Pass
the Moore River—Joyful Interview with a friendly Tribe—Native
Hospitality—Superstitions of my Men—Arrival and reception at
FROM WATER PEAK TO PERTH.
(M.R. walker's PARTY.)
Party sent in search from Perth—Return with Charles Woods—Second
party in search, under Mr. Roe—Arrival of Mr. Walker at Perth—
Narrative of their Proceedings from Water Peak—Extreme Distress
from Hunger and Thirst—Death of Mr. Smith—Timely discovery of
the rest by Mr. Roe—Mr. Roe's Report -
SUMMARY OF DISCOVERIES.
Rivers and Mountain Ranges discovered—Districts of Babbage and
Victoria—Mr. Moore's Voyage to Houtman's Abrolhos, and Port
Grey—District to the North of Perth - e . 116
Natural History - - . 138
Class of Persons—Their mode of Life—Sudden accumulation of
Wealth—Effects of their Enterprises—Magnitude of their Opera-
tions—Rapid increase of Wealth in New Settlements—Spread of
Stock Stations—Course of the Overlanders through Australia–Com-
munication between Southern and Western Australia—General con-
sequences of the spread of Commerce and Emigration - . 183
Radically the same throughout the Continent—Causes of a contrary
Opinion—Difference of Dialects—Examples—Causes of error in
former Enquirers - - - . 207
THEIR TRADITIONAL LAWS.
Errors of theoretical Writers regarding the Savage State-Complex
Laws of Savage Life—Considerations on their Origin - . 217
LAws OF RELATIONSHIP, MARRIAGE, AND INHERITANCE.
Relationship and Marriage—Division of Families—Law of Marriage
—Coincident Institutions amongst the North American Indians—
Origin of Family Names—Second Coincidence—Betrothments—
Widows—Obligations of Relationship—Difficulty of pursuing the
Enquiry—Property vested in Individuals—Universality of this
Custom—Line of Inheritance—Certain Laws regarding Food . 225
CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS.
Superstitious Revenge of Natural Death—Murder–Stealing a Wife—
Breach of Marriage Laws—Implication of a Murderer's Family in
his Crime—Ordeal and Punishment for other Transgressions . . .238
SOCIAL CONDITION AND DOM ESTIC HABITS.
Population—Term of Life—Condition of Old Age, and of Young
Women—Average proportion of Births—Idiots and Lunatics—In-
fluence of Polygamy on Social Habits—Mode of Conversational
Intercourse—Consequences of Jealousy—Dances—Ceremonies on
FOOD AND HUNTING.
Errors regarding scarcity of their Food–Varieties of it in different
Latitudes—Causes of occasional Want—List of Edible articles—
Implements for destroying Animals–Contents of a Native Woman's
Bag—Different methods of catching Kangaroos—Cooking a Kangaroo
—Methods of taking and cooking Fish—Feasting on a stranded
Whale—Killing Wild Dogs—Turtle —Birds—Opossums—Frogs—
Shell-fish—Grubs, and Wallobies—Edible Roots and Seeds–Mode
of cooking and preparing them—Fungi—Gums—Common rights
in certain Food -
SONGS AND POETRY.
General practice of Singing—Song of an Old Man in Wrath—Poets—
Traditional Songs—Native opinion of European singing—Examples of
Songs for various occasions—Influence of Songs in rousing the angry
Passions of the Men - -
FUNERAL CEREMONIES, SUPERSTITIONS, AND
Death and Burial of a Native near Perth—Burial of a Native in the
Leschenault District—Custom of lacerating themselves, and watch-
ing among the Graves—The Boyl-yas or Native Sorcerers—Kaiber's
account of them—Their opinion of the Night-mare—Veneration for
Crystal Stones—Circumcision—Other Customs
CHARACTERISTIC AN ECDOTES.
Miago's imaginary Speech as Governor—Warrup's account of his
Journey with Mr. Roe—Transactions with the Natives in a case of
Potatoe Stealing—Judicial case of Assault - - . 345
INFLUENCE OF EUROPEANS ON THE NATIVES.
Causes why it has not hitherto been beneficial—Wretched state of the
Native Population—Prejudices against them—Evil effects from their
ferocious Customs remaining unchecked—Plan for promoting their
Civilization. - - - . 365
(A.)—Genealogical List, to shew the manner in which a native
family becomes divided - - . 391
(B.)—Mount Fairfax, the Wizard Hills, and Champion Bay - . 394
(C.)—Contributions towards the Geographical distribution of the Mam-
malia of Australia, with notes on some recently discovered Species,
by J. E. Gray, F.R.S., &c. &c., in a letter addressed to the Author. 397
(D.)—A List of the Birds of the Western coast, furnished by Mr. Gould. 415
(E.)—A Catalogue of the Species of Reptiles and Amphibia hitherto
described as inhabiting Australia, with a description of some New
Species from Western Australia, and some remarks on their geo-
graphical distribution, by John Edward Gray, F.R.S., &c. &c., in a
note to the author - - . 422
(F.)—Notes on some Insects from King George's Sound, collected and
presented to the British Museum, by Captain George Grey, by Adam
White, Esq., British Museum, addressed in a letter to the author. . 450