In this recording, Fanny Cochrane Smith talks about being the last of the Tasmanians. She then sings in both English and her own language. It is part of a series of recordings made between 1899 and 1903.
This is the only recorded example of Tasmanian Aboriginal songs and the only recorded example of any Tasmanian Aboriginal language.
The quality of the recording is rather scratchy, but it is still amazingly clear. Fanny Cochrane Smith sang into the bell of the gramophone to record these songs on wax cylinders.
Thanks to the generosity of the rights holders, we are able to offer Tasmanian Aboriginal Songs from the music Fanny Cochrane Smith's Tasmanian Aboriginal Songs as a download.
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