Fanny Cochrane Smith – Tasmania 1899

I discovered this wonderful recording whilst completing EDCX400 in 2010. (Assignment presentation also attached).

Listening carefully to Fanny Cochrane Smith in 1899 (1903) recorded by Horace Watson:

“These are the only recorded example of Tasmanian Aboriginal songs and the only recorded example of any Tasmanian Aboriginal language. In late 1899 and again in 1903, Horace Watson recorded Fanny Cochrane-Smith singing all the Tasmanian songs she knew, some in Aboriginal languages, others in English. It was recorded on six wax cylinders for the Royal Society in Hobart.”

Retreived from National Film and Sound Archive Australia:

http://nfsa.gov.au/collection/sound/sounds-australia/complete-list/#fanny

 2010 EDCX400 Aboriginal Language Presentation

Belinda Christensen (2012 LING366)

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