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Aboriginal people of South Australia: Dieri

South Australian Aboriginal people and languages

Dieri language

Mobile Language Team. Dieri.

Austin, Peter. A grammar of Diyari, South Australia, 1981. Also online.

Berndt, RM and Vogelsang, T. Comparative vocabularies of the Ngadjuri and Dieri tribes, South Australia, 1941.

Christianieli ngujangujara-pepa Dieri-jaurani. Pepaia buru kulnolu, 1880. Catechism, portions of scripture, hymns and prayers.

Flierl, Johann. Wonini-pepa : dieri-jaurani : worapala : first reading-book in  the Dieri language, 1883.

Hercus, Louise and Sutton, Peter (eds). This is what happened : historical narratives, 1986. Ch. 27.

Howitt, AW and Siebert, Otto. Two legends of the Lake Eyre tribes, 1903.

Nujanujarajinkiniexa Dieri Jaura jelaribala, 1870. Language primer, with prayers and hymns.

Reuther, JG. The Diari ; translated by Philipp A. Scherer, 1981. (Microfilm)


Background and Resources

Additional relevant material may also be found on the Library Guide pertaining to the Killalpaninna Mission.

Berndt, RM and Vogelsang, T. Notes on the Dieri tribe of South Australia, 1939.

Donovan, Val and Wall, Colleen (eds). Making connections : a journey along Central Australian Aboriginal trading routes, 2004.

Fry, HK. Dieri legends, 1937. Part 1  Part 2.

Gason, Samuel. The Dieyerie tribe of Australian Aborigines, 1874.

Gason paper also found in: 

Taplin, George (ed). The Folklore, manners, customs and languages of the South Australian Aborigines…, 1879.

Woods, JD. The native tribes of South Australia, 1997.

Horne, G. and Aiston, G. Savage life in central Australia, 1924.

Howitt, AW. The native tribes of South-East Australia, 1996.

Jericho, Helen. Down memory lane : memoirs of Helen Jericho, 1975.

Johnston, T. Harvey and Cleland, JB. Native names and uses of plants in the North-eastern corner of South Australia, 1943.

Johnston, T. Harvey. Aboriginal names and utilization of the fauna in the Eyrean region, 1943.

Jones, Philip. Ochre and rust : artefacts and encounters on Australian frontiers, 2007.

Jones, Philip and Sutton, Peter. Art and land : Aboriginal sculptures of the Lake Eyre Region, 1986.

Proeve, EH and Proeve, HFW. A work of love and sacrifice : the story of the mission among the Dieri tribe at Cooper's Creek, 1952.

Proeve, EH. A scattered homeless flock : mission among the Dieri, 1945.

Reuther, JG. The Diari, 1981.

Stevens, Christine. White man's dreaming : Killalpaninna Mission 1866-1915, 1994.

ANU publication - Diyari language and people.

Archival material

Letters by Rebecca Maltilina, 1907-1917. Written in English and Dieri

Lord's Prayer in Diyari, A letter and a copy of the Lord's prayer in both English and Dieri written by Rev. Reuther of Killalpaninna.

Love, J.R.B. Account of a visit to the Lutheran Mission at Killalpaninna, December 1910

Postcards from Bethesda Mission Station Two postcards, written in Dieri and English.

Papers of Reverend Johann Georg Reuther, Missionary at Killalpaninna. (Held at SA Museum - not State Library of SA)