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Biographical entry Bates, Daisy May (1863 - 1951)

CBE

Born
16 October 1863
Tipperary, Ireland
Died
18 April 1951
Prospect, South Australia, Australia
Occupation
Anthropologist

Summary

Daisy May Bates worked for many years as a welfare worker amongst the Aboriginal tribes of Western Australia and through this she built up an extensive anthropological knowledge of Aboriginal cultures which she recorded in numerous articles and her autobiography. The Aboriginals gave her the affectionate name of "Kabbarli", meaning grandmotherly person. Her place in Australian folk-lore has been formalised by the opera, "The young Kabbarlie", witten by Lady Casey to music by Margaret Sutherland.

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Events

1884
Life event - Arrived in Australia
1884 - 1885
Career position - Governess at Berry, New South Wales
1894 - 1899
Career position - Study of journalism on the Review of Reviews, London
1899 - 1900
Career position - Trappist mission to Beagle Bay in the north of Broome
1904
Career position - Appointed by the Western Australian Government to research the tribes of the State
1910
Career position - Member of an expedition led by A.R. Radcliffe-Brown (q.v.) to study the social anthropology of Aboriginals of the north-west
1912 - 1914
Career position - Camped at Eucla
1915 - 1918
Career position - Camped at Eucla
1918 - 1934
Career position - Aboriginal welfare work at Ooldea
1934
Award - Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
1935 - 1940
Career position - Wrote her autobiography My natives and I, in a tent at Pyap
1941 - 1945
Career position - Lived in Wynbring, east of Ooldea
1945 - 1951
Career position - Lived in Adelaide

Archival resources

Barr Smith Library, Special Collections, The University of Adelaide

  • Daisy May Bates - Records, 1900 - 1951, SR 572.994 B32t; Barr Smith Library, Special Collections, The University of Adelaide. Details

Fryer Library and Department of Special Collections, University of Queensland

  • Daisy May Bates - Records, 1930 - 1951; Fryer Library and Department of Special Collections, University of Queensland. Details

JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia

  • Daisy May Bates - Records, 1904 - 1911, ACC 1023; JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia. Details
  • Daisy May Bates - Records, 1922 - 1935, ACC 856A; JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia. Details
  • Daisy May Bates - Records, ACC 1212A; JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia. Details

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

  • Daisy May Bates - Records, 1900 - 1951; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Daisy May Bates - Records, 1900 - 1951, MN 1406; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

South Australian Museum Archives

  • Daisy May Bates - Records, 1900 - 1951, AA23; South Australian Museum Archives. Details

State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana

  • Daisy May Bates - Records, 1900 - 1950, PRG 878; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Daisy May Bates - Records, 1905 - 1913, MS 9290; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details
  • Daisy May Bates - Records, 1918 - 1946, MS 7987; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Bates, Daisy, The Passing of the Aborigines: a Lifetime Spent Among the Natives of Australia, Murray, London, 1938, 258 pp. Details
  • Bates, Daisy; edited by Isobel White, The Native Tribes of Western Australia, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 1985, 387 pp. Details
  • Blackburn, Julia, Daisy Bates in the Desert, Secker and Warburg, London, 1994, 232 pp. Details
  • Marcus, Julie, Lepervanche, Marie de, McBryde, Isabel, Prior, Mary Ellen Murray, White, Isobel; Morris, Miranda; O'Gorman, Anne; Marcus, Julie and Cheater, Christine, First in Their Field: Women and Australian Anthropology, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1993. Details
  • Salter, E., Daisy Bates, Sydney, 1971. Details
  • Slater, Elizabeth, Daisy Bates: "The Great White Queen of the Never Never, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1971, 266 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Mulvaney, D. J., 'Daisy May Bates, 1859-1951', in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004. Details
  • Standish, Ann, '"Devoted Service to a Dying Race"?: Daisy Bates and the Passing of the Aborigines', in Joy Damousi and Katherine Ellinghaus (eds), Citizenship, Women and Social Justice: International Historical Perspectives, Department of History, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 1999. Details
  • White, Isobel, 'Daisy Bates: Legend and Reality', in Julie Marcus (ed.), The First in Their Field: Women and Australian Anthropology, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1993. Details
  • Wright, R. V. S., 'Bates, Daisy May (1863-1951), welfare worker among Aboriginals and anthropologist', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 7, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1979, pp. 208-209. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A070209b.htm. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Alexander, John A. (ed.), Who's Who in Australia 1944, vol. 12, The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, Melbourne, 1944, 906 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J.