By Carl 1851-1922 Lumholtz
In 1880 the Norwegian ethnologist, zoologist and explorer Carl Lumholtz launched into an day trip to Australia, with the aim of looking at the existence and customs of the Australian Aborigines. This publication makes a speciality of his reviews whereas dwelling for a 12 months with a group in Queensland that had by no means formerly come into touch with white humans. 'Not basically are some of the Australian Aborigines cannibals', says Lumholtz, 'but many of the tribes haven't but emerged from the Stone Age within the historical past in their development'. He is going on brilliantly to record a posh and engaging society. Containing distinct maps to demonstrate the explorer's travels and plenty of pictures, the e-book additionally comprises informative appendices outlining Australian heritage, geology, wildlife. First released in 1889, Lumholtz's vintage account of the occasions and practices he witnessed keeps the facility to surprise, teach and entertain the fashionable reader.
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It makes a hole 18 inches deep, and in a slanting position, but the entrance is not supplied with a trap-door, as is the case with the burrows of many other spiders out here. I once saw a hornet [jtfygnimia aiisiralasia:) proceed boldly into one of these holes, which I then immediately closed. I dug to the bottom of the hole from the side. There I saw the spider paralysed by the plucky hornet, which was sitting on its back. I was anxious to test the effect of the poison of this colossal spider, and once let it bite the snout of a kitten, which thereupon became very sick and vomited violently, but soon recovered.
In the clear winter evenings after sunset the heavens often assume a remarkable greenish hue. It cannot be denied that there is something wearisome and monotonous in a continuous summer—for there is nothing but summer in the greater part of the land—yet GRACEMEKE STATION'. every one who rejoices in sunshine and warmth will be contented in the climate of Queensland ; it is doubtless more salubrious than any other in the tropical world. The principal building at the station, like all the other houses, is almost entirely surrounded by a verandah, which is enclosed in a remarkable manner by creeping fig-trees clinging firmly to the posts.
As a curiosity it may be mentioned that in the vicinity of Gracemere I saw the Phragmites communis, so well known 24 AMONG CANNIBALS CHAP. in Norway, probably the only plant which the Norwegian and Queensland floras have in common. As Messrs. Archer are naturalised Norwegians from Scotland, it may perhaps be interesting to learn that they were the first white men who occupied the spot where Rockhampton now is situated. They have also given Norse names to several localities in the vicinity, as for instance Mount Berserker and Mount Sleipner.
Among Cannibals: An Account of Four Years’ Travels in Australia and of Camp Life with the Aborigines of Queensland by Carl 1851-1922 Lumholtz