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Australia: William Blandowski’s illustrated encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Life.

Harry Allen

William Blandowski was an explorer, natural scientist and artist who led a Victorian government expedition to the junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers from 1856 to 1857. Australia is the first publication in English of his nineteenth century illustrated encyclopaedia of Aboriginal life, Australien in 142 photographischen Abbildungen nach zehnjärigen Erfahrungen. In Australia, Blandowski explores the potential of images to portray the lives of people engaged in everyday activities, as well as dramatic conflicts and rituals. They include Blandowski’s own photographs, and photographs of sketches or illustrations created by others, including the only nineteenth century portrait image of the Nyeri Nyeri people.ipants in moments of ‘first contact’.


The Little Red, Yellow, Black Book

This new edition of the popular The Little Red Yellow Black Book is a superbly priced introduction to Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; their history and their cultures. Conveniently pocket-sized, its attractive design, lucid writing and beautiful illustrations provide a wide-ranging but accessible introduction to Indigenous Australia.