The Victorian Native Tribe

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The Victorian Native Tribes

The [Settlement - crossed out] colonisation [in - crossed out] of
Victoria [was first- crossed out] was commenced [by a- crossed out ]
when Battman [sic] and Fawkner settled in the
Yarra River in 1835, where the city of
Melbourne now stands.

[Within ten years a great part of Victoria- crossed out]
[had been occupied for pastoral purposes- crossed out]
The native population when the colony was
first established has been estimated by various
authorities, [from - crossed out] as [3000 (E M Curr The A. race Vol. p.) - crossed out]
by Brough Smith as 3000 (Reference ), Protector Thomas
as 6000, Protector Parker as 7,500, E M Curr
(the A. Race vol p. ); Turner as "probably 6000"
This [population - crossed out] indigenous population was divided
into a great number of tribes, each having a
definite tract of country over which its members hunted,
and in so far as exclusively that they could not
trespass upon the [adjacent - crossed out] lands of the adjacent

[At the end of ten years- crossed out]
[The history of those ten years shews that they had - crossed out]
[been fatal to the native tribes - crossed out]

In the ten years following upon [after - crossed out] the establishment of the Colony
[a great number- crossed out] a great part of it had been occupied
by the white for pastoral purposes. [The aboriginal tribe - crossed out]
[In the neighbourhood of Melbourne where the - crossed out]

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Document Details

Letter From
Letter To
Author Howitt, Mr Alfred William
Country Australia
Holding Institution Museums Victoria
Collection Name Alfred W. Howitt Collection
Registration Number XM 518
Medium Notes
Summary Content referring to colonisation of Victoria; arrival of Batman and Fawkner in Melbourne in 1835; and includes estimates of indigenous population of Victoria in 1835 by a number of 19th century writers. Estimates of population numbers provided by from Brough Smyth, Thomas, Parker, Curr and Turner. Noted that the Indigenous population of Victoria was divided into a great number of tribes each with its own tract of country.
Physical Description Notes, handwritten in ink, undated. One sheet, one page. Condition: good.