Fanny Cochrane Smith, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Fanny Cochrane Smith

Last known speaker of a Tasmanian language

Date of Birth: 01-Dec-1834

Place of Birth: Tasmania, Australia

Date of Death: 24-Feb-1905

Nationality: Australia

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

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About Fanny Cochrane Smith

  • Fanny Cochrane Smith (December 1834 – 24 February 1905) was an Aboriginal Tasmanian, born in December 1834.
  • 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.Although there has been dispute as to whether she or Truganini was the last full-blooded Tasmanian Aboriginal, Smith was officially recognised as the last Tasmanian Aboriginal by the Government in 1889.

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