Narrative of James Murrells' ('Jemmy Morrill') seventeen years' exile among the wild blacks of North Queensland : and his life and shipwreck and terrible adventures among savage tribes; their manners, customs, languages, and superstitions; also Murrells'

Gregory, Edmund Narrative of James Murrells' ('Jemmy Morrill') seventeen years' exile among the wild blacks of North Queensland : and his life and shipwreck and terrible adventures among savage tribes; their manners, customs, languages, and superstitions; also Murrells' rescue and return to civilization. Brisbane, Australia: Edmund Gregory, 1896.

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Author Gregory, Edmund
Title Narrative of James Murrells' ('Jemmy Morrill') seventeen years' exile among the wild blacks of North Queensland : and his life and shipwreck and terrible adventures among savage tribes; their manners, customs, languages, and superstitions; also Murrells' rescue and return to civilization
Place of Publication Brisbane, Australia
Publisher Edmund Gregory
Publication year 1896
Sub-type Other
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Series Archive CD Books Australia collection
Language eng
Total number of pages 45
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Preface
This pamphlet was originally published in 1863, and success fully and rapidly passed through several editions, all of which have long since passed out of print and public notice. The majority of those who read the first edition have gone to the hereafter, and a new generation been born and grown to man hood and womanhood since Queensland was excited by the first story of the shipwrecked mariner rescued from the wild blacks of the Burdekin River in 1863. This edition is published with the author's belief that the remarkable narrative will be quite as interesting to the new generation as to the old.

Apart from its recognised value to the ethnologist it must ever remain the sole available record of one of the most thrilling and astounding incidents in early Australian history. There is now no possibility of such an experience being repeated. The Burdekin blacks have been civilized out of existence, and on no other part of the Queensland coast could a wrecked person remain among any native tribe without being killed, or speedily restored to his own people. The first edition of this work was written partly to satisfy an urgent public demand, and partly to provide funds for Murrells' immediate necessities. It not only succeeded so well financially that I was able to hand him a considerable sum, but it also directed the attention of the, Government to his helpless position, and he received an appointment in the Custom House at Bowen, where he gave valuable services in maintaining harmony between the frontier settlers and the surrounding tribes with whose dialects he was well acquainted.

From time to time, during the intermediate period, since 1863, I have received letters referring to this work from American, European, and British scientific societies interested in Murrells account of the customs, laws, and languages of the
aboriginals, and of their food producing plants. When recalling the original hasty compilation of fragmentary facts, and thinking of the additional historical and ethnological value that might have been given to this narrative at the time it was written, I earnestly regret not making a special effort to exhaust Murrells' store of rare and instructive knowledge, of which I am painfully conscious I have only touched the mere fringe, and so take all available advantage of an opportunity that, once departed, can never again return.

I must acknowledge my indebtedness to Archibald Meston, Esq., in finally revising this little brochure for press, and without the association of whose name any work on the aboriginals of this Colony would, I feel, be wanting.
EDMUND GREGORY 
Keyword Murrells, James
Q-Index Code AX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Access to this title was made available through the generosity of Archive CD Books (www.archivedigitalbooks.com.au)

 
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