Letter

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From J. B. Walker to H. Ling Roth, says Beattie has made some casts of implements for him. Asks if Roth might be willing to send some ethnographical specimens to Hobart Museum in return; describes where some of these implements were found, noting most are made from chert. Recommends the work of R M Johnston on the geology of Tasmania [Systematic account of the geology of Tasmania (1888)]. Walker says that Tasmanians used small stones for skinning and scraping tea tree branches to make spears, and used larger tools cut notches in trees to aid climbing; these implements were often found in shell heaps.

Original reference W.8.