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Biographical entry Beveridge, Peter (1829 - 1885)

24 June 1829
Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland
4 October 1885
Woodburn, Victoria, Australia
Anthropologist and Pastoralist


Peter Beveridge established cattle and sheep stations on the Murray, where he stayed 1845-1868. He wrote many articles on the customs, dialects and myths of the Aboriginals of the Murray, Murrumbidgee and Darling areas.


Born Fife, Scotland, 24 June 1829. Died Kilmore, 4 October 1885. Arrived Port Phillip 1839; Established Tyntynder station, ten miles down the Murray from the site of Swan Hill, with his older brother Andrew 1845; took up Piangil, about fifteen miles beyond Tyntynder 1846; stayed on the stations until 1868. Read a paper on aboriginal ovens to the London Anthropological Society 1869. Wrote "The Aborigines of Victoria and Riverina as Seen by Peter Beveridge" (1889).

Archival resources

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Peter Beveridge - Records, 1850 - 1885; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

Published resources

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Journal Articles

  • Lourie, Amanda, 'From the paddock to the page: squatter Peter Beveridge's ethnological writing about the Wadi Wadi in colonial Victoria', Oceania, 86 (3) (2016), 244-61. Details


See also

McCarthy, G.J.