Bancroft Exhibition – The Aboriginal People

The Bancroft Exhibition Notes, Edited by Karen Tyler and Huxley Baberowski.

Aboriginal People

When the Bancrofts were here, there were still Aborigines living in their own traditional way. Thomas was interested in their lifestyle and their food plants. He learnt how they fished at Deception Bay and took some excellent photographs of them; Josephine watched her father making these photos.

Aboriginal People Fishing

He was the first person to record their use of a fern called the Bungwall Fern, which was one of the Aborigines important vegetable foods. He went, with two Aborigines, to Bribie Island, where they found several of the stones which the Aboriginal people used to bruise the stems of the starch-rich fern, in a Cypress Pine.


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