These records from the 1890s are apparently one of the earliest and most comprehensive documented studies of the Torres Strait Islands. There are six volumes which cover a range of traditional cultural topics including language, religion, genealogy, buildings, and music. The expedition also collected sound and film footage of both Torres Strait Islanders and Australian Aboriginal people who at the time were working and living in the Torres Straits. Some of these items are available online via Australia Screen including film here.
Reports on the
The library holds six volumes of this work, with copies in the Main collection and the North Queensland Collection.
Volumes in the Main collection may be borrowed by library members, while copies in the North Queensland Collection remain in the library so they will always be available for consultation. An Index to the reports has been compiled by Jeremy Hodes. It is held in the North Queensland Collection.
Haddon, Alfred C. (1901-1935) Reports of the
Hodes, Jeremy. (1996). Index to the Reports of the
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v. 6 – Sociology, magic and religion of the Eastern Islanders.
We acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and acknowledge Traditional Owners of the lands where our staff and students, live, learn and work.