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Frederic Bonney

Picture of Frederic Bonney

Age: 79

Place of birth: Ragel

Citizenship: United Kingdom

With respect to the Australian Aboriginal ...

Bonnie Frederick, son of the Rev. Thomas Bonney, director Ragelskoy classical school, was born in 1842 in Ragel, Staffordshire (Rugeley, Staffordshire). One of his brothers was a geologist Thomas George Bonney (Thomas George Bonney). He lived in England (England) From 1858 to 1862 the first of their Australian Uncle Charles Bonnie and Frederick with his other brother, Edward Smith, Bonnie, so Uncle inspired stories that have gone to Australia.

First, Edward left, and after him, in 1865-m - Frederick. They lived in the pastoral land, known as the sheep farm Mombo (or Mombo Station), in the state of New South Wales (New South Wales), near Uilkanii (Wilcannia). At the end of 1860 the total area of ??the brothers holdings accounted for 6 thousand sq. M. km. Son of Charles Dickens (Charles Dickens), Plorn (Edward Dickens), was sent to his ottsomna the sheep farm, and Plorn arrived there a few days before his 16th birthday, in 1868-m. He stayed to work in the Mombo until 1872 th.

Frederick was a rancher, but as his chosen hobby photography and anthropology. He made the sea pictures pakantiyskoy representatives of the group have traditionally lived along the river Couple (Paroo River). These people have been severely affected by the epidemic and the invasion of foreign immigrants. Bonnie, rather, did not try to give a critical evaluation of this group, but simply watched the way of their lives through photography. He was shocked by the racist attitudes of other people and their work records and wanted to show his respect for the Australian Aborigines. Edward Pictures at the time, in 1880, were presented at the Melbourne Exhibition. The photos turned out to be imaged and a certain Mary Wonka - just in the process of execution of the funeral rite. Wonka showed unusual `widow chepets` which itself produced from gypsum and water. This semisolid `chepets` was simply smeared over her head.

Edward Bonnie discovered syphilis in the terminal stage, and he returned home in 1879-m. Frederick began to bring all their affairs in order, but also did not forget about his anthropological studies, and photos. He sold the sheep farm and decided to return to Staffordshire in 1881. On the way home stopped at Frederick Hawaii (Hawaii), where almost a month did wonderful pictures. At home he bought a house in Koltonsky Ragel, where he established gardens and arboretum. He continued to write about current events around him, adding to the history of photography. Many of these images have become part of the collection Koltonskogo home. Frederick was the chairman of the parish council and helped with carrying pigeons exhibitions. He also volunteered to manage the affairs of a local hospital and village reading room.

Thanks to its inexhaustible enthusiasm, Frederick made a lot of good shots. Some of the original image has been lost, but it works enough to publish two books, which were also presented pictures of Australian natives. For that time it was not usual to sign a photo, but Bonnie took care of that on the back of his shots, however, as in his notebooks, preserved the names of people to pose for him. This information can help the living descendents of pakantiyskoy group to identify their relatives.

Important manuscripts of Frederic, as well as a copy of his published article `On certain customary Aboriginal Darling` River, were transferred to the Public Library Mitchell in 1924.

Bonnie Frederick died in Ragel, in 1921.