The Present State and Prospects of the Port Phillip District of New South Wales

William Curry, Jun., 1845 - 202页
Ch.10, the Aborigines - physical appearance; infanticide and cannibalism; economic life; material culture; corroborees; tribal authority; religious beliefs; ch. 11, relations with white settlers.


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第52页 - Truly, shepherd, in respect of itself, it is a good life; but in respect that it is a shepherd's life, it is naught. In respect that it is solitary, I like it very well; but in respect that it is private, it is a very vile life. Now in respect it is in the fields, it pleaseth me well; but in respect it is not in the court, it is tedious.
第106页 - This world is the best that we live in, To lend, or to spend, or to give in ; But to beg, or to borrow, or get a man's own, 'Tis the very worst world, sir, that ever was known.
第64页 - Europe, there is no reason why it should not have been going on in all countries, whether to the north, or to the south, or to the east, or to the west of Europe. But we are not left to inferences of this sort. It is now admitted by all scientific authorities that at one time the regions within the Arctic Circle enjoyed a tropical or nearly tropical climate. Profescut off from the rest of humanity by that change of climate which came over...
第201页 - It is from the wrath of God, which is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men.
第194页 - I should not, without the most extreme reluctance, admit that nothing can be done ; that with respect to them alone the doctrines of Christianity must be inoperative, and the advantages of civilization incommunicable. I cannot acquiesce in the theory that they are incapable of improvement, and that their extinction before the advance of the white settler is a necessity which it is impossible to control. I recommend them to your protection and favourable consideration with the greatest earnestness,...
第109页 - But the greatest, the most fatal error connected with the sale of the waste lands of the colony was committed in the appropriation of the revenue derived from thence to the purposes of immigration. A million sterling has in some shape or other been appropriated to these purposes.
第84页 - There is some soul of goodness in things evil, Would men observingly distil it out...
第194页 - I cannot conclude this despatch without expressing my sense of the importance of the subject of it. My hope is that your experience may enable you to suggest some general plan by which we may acquit ourselves of the obligations which we owe towards this helpless race of beings.
第168页 - To civilize the rude, unpolished world, And lay it under the restraint of laws ; To make man mild, and sociable to man ; To cultivate the wild, licentious savage With wisdom, discipline, and liberal arts — The embellishments of life ; virtues like these Make human nature shine, reform the soul, And break our fierce barbarians into men.
第109页 - ... committed in the appropriation of the revenue derived from thence to the purposes of immigration. A million sterling has, in some shape or other, been appropriated to this purpose. It was forgotten that capital and labour, as elements of colonisation, should exist in a new country in proportion to each other ; and it was a fatal mistake to send the one out of the country, in order to bring the other in.