Lois Tilbrook's important work, Nyungar Tradition : glimpses of Aborigines of south-western Australia 1829-1914 which is now out of print has been published by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) as an electronic book.
Lois Joan Tilbrook was a 'pioneering' anthropologist, educator, artist, curator and psychotherapist, according to an obituary originally published in Aboriginal History.
Tilbrook made a number of important contributions to her home State. She put her anthropological research to practical use in lecturing to Aboriginal Teacher Education students and non-Aboriginal education students; she established the South West Aboriginal Studies Project which collected and collated genealogical and other historical information about the Nyoongah peoples of that region; and she collaborated with Anna Haebich to develop a bibliography of published writings on the Nyungar and a travelling exhibition based on these works. Her book, Nyungar Tradition was joint winner of the Premier's Book Award for non-fiction in 1983 and 'is now a collector's item'.
In their introduction to the site, AIATSIS says:
Nyungar Tradition by Lois Tilbrook is based on the South West Aboriginal Studies project (SWAS) - in which photographs have been assembled, not only from mission and government sources but also, importantly in Part ll, from the families. Though some of these are studio shots, many are amateur snapshots. The main purpose of the project was to link the photographs to the genealogical trees of several families in the area, including but not limited to Hansen, Adams, Garlett, Bennell and McGuire, enhancing their value as visual documents.
The AIATSIS Library acknowledges there are varying opinions on the information in this book.
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pp.46-47 (photographs included)