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SMITH, Fanny Cochrane

Born: 12/1834

Died: 24/02/1905

Aboriginal or Torrest Stait Islander: Yes

Special Achievements:

In 1899 she was the first Indigenous Australian to be recorded.
Fanny is considered to be the last fluent speaker of a Tasmanian language.

Additional Information:

She is considered to be the last fluent speaker of a Tasmanian language, and her wax cylinder recordings of songs are the only audio recordings of any of Tasmania's indigenous languages. Her recordings were inducted into the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register in 2017.


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