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Rev George TAPLIN

Rev George TAPLIN

Male Yes, Date Unknown -

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  • Name George TAPLIN 
    Title Rev 
    Born Yes, Date Unknown 
    Gender Male 
    Achievements/Education George wrote a book on the grammar of the Narrinyeri tribe of Aborigines, published in Adelaide in 1878 by Ferguson 16709.  
    Biography Notes The South Australian Archives provided an obituary.

    TAPLIN On the 24th June 1879 at Point Macleay, suddenly, the Rev. Geo. Taplin, Missionary to the aborigines, aged 47.
    Death of the Rev. George Taplin - Mr. C. N. Collison, Secretary to the Aborigines Friends Association, received a telegram on Tuesday from Milang, stating that the Rev. G. Taplin, Superintendent of the Native Mission Station at Point Macleay, had died suddenly that morning. The deceased gentleman, who a few weeks ago completed his twentieth year of service at the station, was peculiarly well qualified for the position he so long occupied. He was General Superintendent and preacher at the institution, and in the early days he was also the sole teacher. He had a good knowledge of medicine and surgery, and acted as doctor, not only to the natives, but to the white people in the neighbourhood. He was also a good mechanic and was thoroughly able to supervise all the mechanical parts of the mission farm. As a self-taught philologist he achieved some eminence, his papers on philology and ethnology having been read before and published by the learned Societies of London. His latest work, entitled 'Narrinyerie', dealing with the language of the native tribes of the colony, is a valuable contribution to our knowledge of a fast-decaying race. Some years ago he was ordained as a minister, but was not connected with any denomination. He was a most energetic man, and loved the work to which he had devoted so many years of his life. It is supposed that the cause of his death was heart disease. He has left a widow and a number of children. One of his sons is Superintendent of the farm portion of the insitution. On Tuesday afternoon the Rev. F. W. Cox proceeded to Point Macleay to attend to the burial of the deceased and make arrangements for the temporary management of the station.

    A Melbourne bookseller's catalogue of 1975 listed George Taplin's book.

    TAPLIN G.: Grammar of the Narrinyeri tribe of Aborigines. Adelaide, 1878. Ferguson 16709. Modern half calf, gilt. E.M. Curr: copy, with his signature on title-page. $90.00.



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    Occupation Missionary 
    Person ID I-7149  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 28 Dec 2016 

    Father George Blatch TAPLIN,   b. Yes, Date Unknown 
    Relationship -2316 
    Mother Catherine WILTSHIRE 
    Relationship -2316 
    Family ID F-2316  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S-3] FS BRB - 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', 1995, The BRB has a good index for each individual. Copies of the BRB available Strathalbyn National Trust Museum & Library, several libraries around Australia including State Library SA, and Western Australian Genealogical Society Bayswater WA Request assistance for locating a copy through 'Contact us' on this website. , Page 175 in Rachel's section.