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[Left margin note]
whats [means?]

Section 6 [underlined]

These beliefs [crossed out - show clearly] are as the [??] [crossed out - ?] of another
belief namely that white men are [crossed out - the] members of the
tribe in whose country they are returned again [crossed out - in the]
[??] in the flesh.

The best known and perhaps the most characteristic
and important [instance?] is that of John Buckly [crossed out - who a] a
convict who escaped [that is?] sec 18- from the [crossed out - at] settlment attempted.
[Colony?] [??] within Port Phillip Bay where [crossed out - the]
Sorrento now stands. After wandering round the shore of the [crossed out - ??]
Bay he came into the country of the Wudthaurung (p)
tribe some where near when Geelong now stands Wudthaurung was
then found almost in [extremis?] with [crossed out - to the part of this] the broken
spear which had been placed in the grave of a man earlier dead
named [Murrangurk?].

It is our actions this Buckly/John Buckly was believed to be the
murup of [Murrangurk?] which had returned from
[crossed out - ??] the [Thaurngalkbek?] and [was?] their [crossed out - from] [Ngamajet].
[crossed out - In the case] he [accounted?] of his life.

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[Left margin note]
p [54? or 521?]
The term Njamaget for
various forms appear for
"[ghostman?]" is the [??]
(Sect) [??] at the [time?]
and was [??] part of Victoria

In the account of [crossed out - the] his life he mentions
an occurrence when in the burial of a man who had
been [corssed out - killed] speared at one of the special tribal meetinggs. All things being completed
for the [?ful?] body, "one word was [crossed out - uttered] "animadiate",
which means, he is fine to be made a white man". (1) Here
Buckly/John Buckly must relate an occurrence which after the Native
tribes had [crossed out - ?? because] [blamed?] some kinship of white men
unless the association of the white man with the dead black fellow
may have been "a natural consequence of their observation of the
change which [??] where the latter were subjected to
washing. In tribes such as the Dieri (p) or those
who were received for the great tribal meetings at the Bunya Mountains
(p-) by [whom?] [crossed out - the dead] under certain circumstances the
dead were washed ceremonially and [??] of by their
kindred the change of colour provided by the removal by fire
of the [coloured?] epidermis would where the [whiteman?] is [slow? or shown]
naturally and at once suggests the relevance of one of the dead
blacks. I am not aware that the Kulin had any
such mortuary communal feasts, but I have [crossed out - as have] cases recorded
where [crossed out - these] the dead body of a man (1) was burned also [word crossed out] where kin were is instead
of being tied up & deposited in a tree, unburied. Another
similar case [viewed?] and [??] to by informants to the west of Geelong,
both being [belief?] "the white men came to Melbourne". -
(such beliefs of white men being ghosts for other tribes)

[Left margin note]
The father of
Bilibileri (see p -)

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Document Details

Letter From
Letter To
Author Howitt, Mr Alfred William
Country Australia
Colony/State Victoria
Holding Institution Museums Victoria
Collection Name Alfred W. Howitt Collection
Registration Number XM 593
Medium Notes
Summary The content of the notes relate largely to the legends, religion, beliefs and customs for a number of groups in southeastern Australia. Beliefs and various legends including a number related to the earth and sky; and to Bunjil (Eaglehawk). A.W. Howitt also recounts a story by Berak [William Barak] who visited his sick son in Melbourne.
Physical Description Notes, incomplete, handwritten, undated. 25 foolscap sheets, 25 pages, some with slips of paper attached. Text 'struck through' with vertical pencilled lines. Condition: some pages with tattered edges.