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Biographical entry Roth, Walter Edmund (1861 - 1933)

Born
2 April 1861
London, England
Died
5 April 1933
Georgetown, British Guiana
Occupation
Ethnologist and Physician

Summary

Walter Edmund Roth was appointed the first Northern Protector of Aborigines 1898 and was based in Cooktown Queensland. In 1904-06 he was Chief Protector and part of his duties was to record Aboriginal cultures. He published widely and became internationally known for his work.

Archival resources

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • Walter Edmund Roth - Records, 1905 - 1912, ML MSS 1131; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Walter Edmund Roth - Records, 1899, Uncatalogued MSS SET 216; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Walter Edmund Roth - Records, 1901 - 1910, ML MSS 43; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

Private hands (Reynolds, B.)

  • Walter Edmund Roth - Records, 1861 - 1933; Private hands (Reynolds, B.). Details

Queensland State Archives

  • Walter Edmund Roth - Records, 1898 - 1907; Queensland State Archives. Details

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Walter Edmund Roth - Records, 1901, MS 8721; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details
  • Walter Edmund Roth - Records, 1901, MS 8722; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Kahn, Kate, 'The Man Who Collected Everything: WE Roth', in Peterson, Nicolas, Allen, Lindy and Hamby, Louise (eds), The Makers and Making of Indigenous Australian Museum Collections, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 2008, pp. 163-86. Details
  • McDougall, Russell, 'Walter and Henry Ling Roth: "On the Significance of Couvade": the Place of Australia and British Guiana in the Fin de Si├Ęcle Debate Concerning the History of Humanity', in McDougall, Russell (ed.), To the Islands: Australia and the Caribbean, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 2002, pp. 61-67. Details
  • Reynolds, Barrie, 'Roth, Walter Edmund (1861-1933), Physician, Anthropologist and Protector of Aborigines', in Geoffrey Serle (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 11, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1988, pp. 463-464. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A110471b.htm. Details

Journal Articles

  • Pearn, J., 'Acacias and Aesulapius: Walter Edmond Roth, 1861-1933', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 161, no. 3, 1994, p. 216. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.