27a[“Through The Murchisons”, The Western Mail (Perth, WA), Saturday 02 July 1904, page 20]




(By Daisy M. Bales.)

(See Illustrations.)


On the 8th December, 1903, I started on a journey to Peak Hill, my object being, in the first place, to obtain a knowledge of a portion of this State with which I had hitherto been unfamiliar, and secondly, to gain information at the fountain-head of the history, and being of the many mines on those fields, which are called collectively the Murchison Goldfields.

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27b[“Mainly About People”, Daily News (Perth, WA), Saturday 20 August 1904, page 1]


An article on the “Trans-Australian Railway,” by Mrs. Daisy M. Bates appears in the June number of “Public Works,” a paper conducted by the editor of the “Survevor and Municipal and Country Engineer,” London, E.C. Mrs. Bates appears in good company, other writers in the same number being Sir William Willcox, K.C.M.G., M.I.C.E; John Watson, A.M.I.C.E., Leonard L. Robinson, M.I.E.E., A.M.I.M.E.; and others. Mrs. Bates’s article is splendidly illustrated, showing the possible route of the railway and a map of the proposed railway from Kalgoorlie to Port Augusta. That scientific men are tardy in their acknowledgment of a woman’s skill in matters requiring scientific knowledge and skill, however, is demonstrated, because the feminine pronoun referring to Mrs. Bates in the article is invariably changed to the masculine, and only the initials of Mrs. Bates’s name were used in acknowledging its authorship.


27c[“Pictorial Post Cards”, The Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sunday 28 August 1904, page 10]


We have-received some very excellent copyright Pictorial postal cards, designed and published in Perth by Daisy M. Bates. The illustrations are representative of aboriginal scenes and people, one an artistic picture of a Beagle-Bay woman and her child—a dusky Venus and Adonis in fact. Another depicts an old cannibal Diogenes reflecting in front of his rude bush “tub.” An animated picture is found in “Natives preparing for battle,” and yet a fourth scene introduces us to a camp at Beagle Bay. These pictorial post cards and some other photographs taken by Daisy M. Bates have been sent in an album to the Princess of Wales. The printing work has been done by Messrs Sauds and McDougall, and is, indeed, very creditable.

AB notes:

unclear if Bates contributed to this commentary