Fanny Cochrane Smith and Horace Watson, 1903

Black and white image of Fanny Cochrane and Horace Watson
Fanny Cochrane Smith and Horace Watson, 1903
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
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Fanny Cochrane Smith’s wax recordings are the only recorded example of Tasmanian Aboriginal songs or of any Tasmanian Aboriginal language. The Royal Society in Hobart recorded these songs between 1899 and 1903 less than a decade after the technology arrived in Australia. Fanny performed all of the Tasmanian songs she knew, some in Aboriginal languages, others in English.