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Subject: Info on Gerald Camden Wheeler?
From: Institute of Papua New Guinea Studies <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Fri, 25 Apr 2003 14:37:40 +1000
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In trying to identify the collector of some early music recordings, a
strong candidate is Gerald Camden Wheeler. From the little I know of him,
he was an English ethnographer, born in 1872, who went to Mono-Alu (Solomon
Islands) in about 1908 and at least initially did 9 months ethnological
research there. He traveled in the area at various times with Rivers,
Hocart, and Thurnwald.

Does anyone know more about him? Has there been any recent research in
Mono-Alu? Below is a bibliography of writings by Wheeler from various
sources. I've only been able to see the ones marked with asterisks. Do any
of you know if any more details of his travel can be found in any of these?
Are there other writings? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

        1911    "A Note on the Telei Speech of South Bougainville, Solomon
Islands." Zeitschrift für Kolonialsprachen 1: 290-304.
        1912    "[Mono] (A Speech Sample of a Melanesian Langauge Spoken in
the Bougainville Straits, Western Solomon Islands)." Le Maître Phonétique
1-2: 12-14.
        1912    "Sketch of the Totemism and Religion of the People of the
Islands in the Bougainville Strait (Western Solomon Islands)." Archiv für
Religionswissenschaft 15: 24-58, 321-58.
        1912    "A Text in Mono Speech (Bougainville Strait, Western
Solomon Islands)." Zeitschrift für Kolonialsprachen 3: 63-76.
        *1912   "Two Tales in Mono Speech (Bougainville Strait)." Man 12:
21-24.
        1913    "Nine Texts in Mono Speech (Bougainville Strait, Western
Solomon Islands) with Translation and Notes." Mitteilungen des Seminars für
Orientalische Sprachen zu Berlin 16: 66-113.
        1913    "Six Tales from the Bougainville Strait, Western Solomon
Islands." Anthropophyteia (Leipzig) 10: 262-80.
        *1913   "A Text in Mono Speech (Bougainville Strait, Western
Solomon Islands)." Anthropos 8: 738-53.
        1914    "An Account of the Death Rites and Eschatology of the
People of the Bougainville Strait." Archiv für Religionswissenschaft 17:
64-112.
        1914    "Totemismus in Buim [sic] (Süd-Bougainville)." Zeitschrift
für Ethnologie 46: 41-44.
        1926    Mono-Alu Folklore (Bougainville Strait, Western Solomon
Islands). London: Routledge.

Many thanks,

Don Niles
Head & Senior Ethnomusicologist
Music Department
Institute of Papua New Guinea Studies
P.O. Box 1432
Boroko 111
PAPUA NEW GUINEA

tel.:   [675] 325-4644
fax:    [675] 325-0531
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