Series 11 - Maps - Tasmanian
Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford


Date Range1908? - 1940?
ProvenanceWestlake, Ernest (1855-1922)
Description

This series includes Tasmanian maps of Bruni [Bruny] Island and southern Tasmania, collected, used and marked by Ernest Westlake between 1908-1910. Also included is a map of the entire island with an overlay used and marked by T. K. Penniman in about 1939 or 1940.

The folder and map numbers shown in the 'Control' field under each item were assigned by Rebe Taylor in 2000.


Inventory Listing

Map of Bruni [Bruny] Island: c. 1908
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Map of 'Bruni' [Bruny] Island from the Department of Surveys, Hobart, Tasmania. Westlake's handwriting is on the map and there are markings in red pen.

Creator Westlake, Ernest (1855-1922)
Control Folder 1d, Map 1
Date range c. 1908 - c. 1910    Quantity 1 cm, 1 folder
Formats Maps
Inventory Identifier WEST00014 Box Number 1 Location Pitt Rivers Museum: Manuscript Collections, Westlake Papers Series 11
Map of southern Tasmania: c.1908
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A map of Southern Tasmania, incomplete and in two parts catalogued by Rebe Taylor in 2000 as 'Folios 2a and 2b'. Folio 3 is a scrap of a cadastral map.

Westlake has marked some quarries and circled or underlined some place-names on this map. The verso (blank) side of the map includes undated and unsourced notes made by Ernest Westlake about Aboriginal customs including: Aboriginal people eating grubs, tree ferns and native bread; sleeping near a fire; climbing trees; dealing with snake bites; and some Aboriginal language words.

Further notes and cross references:

The notes on the verso of this map were possibly taken in an interview with a resident from near Oyster Cove; not only may Westlake have been carrying this map with him while in that region, other residents from Oyster Cove gave Westlake similar ideas and opinions. [For information and references about Ernest Westlake's Oyster Cove interviewees see: WEST00002, ‘Notebook 2’ and WEST00006, ‘Notebook 6’, Series 3, in Rebe Taylor, with Michael Jones and Gavan McCarthy, Stories in Stone: an annotated history and guide to the collections and papers of Ernest Westlake (1855-1922), The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre, 2012].

Included in these notes is the quotation: 'Dr [possibly Superintendant Dr. Joseph Milligan] gave the women medicine to prevent 'em from breeding'. Ernest Westlake records a very similar statement from Mrs Benbow on 28 January 1909: [image 20, WEST00002, 'Notebook 2', page 38, Series 3, Pitt Rivers Museum Manuscript Collections, Westlake Papers].

Creator Westlake, Ernest (1855-1922)
Control Folder 1e, Maps 2-3
Date range c. 1908 - c. 1910    Quantity 1 cm, 1 folder
Formats Maps
Inventory Identifier WEST00015 Box Number 1 Location Pitt Rivers Museum: Manuscript Collections, Westlake Papers Series 11
Map of Tasmania with an overlay of the collection sites for the Westlake collection of stone implements
Evolution of Art - Drawings
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Note: This item is not housed with the Westlake Papers, and is from the Balfour Papers in the Manuscript Collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum. [At the time of imaging this item was kept in a box entitled 'The Evolution of Art'].

A 'Geological Sketch Map of Tasmania' (dimensions: 44cm x 56cm) with an overlay in partially-transparent yellow paper created by T.K Penniman.

Further notes and cross references:

This map with overlay was intended to be a guide for the creation of a new map that would illustrate the collecting sites in the Westlake Collection for Henry Balfour's paper 'Stone Implements of the Natives of Tasmania'. This was going to be published, posthumously, in the first of the Pitt Rivers series 'Occasional Papers in Technology' of which T. K. Penniman was the General Editor; however, the map was never made and the paper never published. [A note by T. K. Penniman explaining why accompanies the manuscript: [image 1, WEST00334, ‘Stone Implements of the Natives of Tasmania’, Series 14, Manuscript Collections Pitt Rivers Museum, Balfour Papers].

T. K. Penniman has written in pencil on the overlay some place-names and numbers and has made the following note:

'Sites of implements figured in the plates. Numbers correspond to the names of the sites on the complete list or in the list of plates. Make a reasonable looking map? Use numbers rather than names, especially for very small places.'

The 'plates' here refer to Henry Balfour's 14 plates of illustrations (of 131 implements from the Westlake Collection) for his paper: [WEST00339, ‘Plates of the Westlake Collection of stone implements by Henry Balfour’, Series 14, Manuscript Collections Pitt Rivers Museum, Balfour Papers].

The 'numbers' here are locality numbers that correspond to Henry Balfour's list of the 142 sites in the Westlake Collection: [images 27-32, WEST00338, 'Tasmanian Collection: Related Documents. 1934.83 - 86, part 2', Westlake Collection Related Documents File 1934.83-86, Series 13, Pitt Rivers Museum].

Detailed notes for how Henry Balfour organised the Westlake Collection into its original localities is in: [WEST00341, ‘Collections IX Westlake 1-3, Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford’ and WEST00338, 'Tasmanian Collection: Related Documents. 1934.83 - 86, part 2', Series 13, in Rebe Taylor, with Michael Jones and Gavan McCarthy, Stories in Stone: an annotated history and guide to the collections and papers of Ernest Westlake (1855-1922), The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre, 2012].

Creator Balfour, Henry
Control Pitt Rivers Museum, Henry Balfour Papers
Date range 1939? - 1940?    Quantity 0.5 cm, 1 large item
Formats Maps, Loose Notes and Sketches
Inventory Identifier WEST00340 Box Number BEOA Location Pitt Rivers Museum: Manuscript Collections, Balfour Papers Series 11

Published by the The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre and the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, August 2010
Listed by Rebe Taylor, with Michael Jones and Gavan McCarthy
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Updated 14 February 2017
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