Field notebook

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Transcription - Page 26

They put hand on sleepers
brow - if it is cold he is
sound asleep - if warm
he will wake up directly.

Wŭdthiwrŭng people
of Geelong carry in the
ngŭlba - thūrārang
she oak - they use the
seed vessels - to blind
people with. -----------

When you are going up to
your friend - the smoke of
thūr-rang gets into your
eye some one has put
it in there.

At Echuca the people

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[mixed] up with tobacco some
dried & rotten body - it is
all called thandal. Then
put in bag and if any
one smokes it it gets into
his stomach and he smells
like a woman carrying
a child. No doctor
can cure him. They do
this now. ---------------------

Sometimes when the boys
were grumbling old
- next to
Billi Billary - said
'Why are you not listen to
me - I am here - and
you have my body.

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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 759
Medium Notebook
Summary Belonging to A.W. Howitt. Anthropological notes, from front and back of notebook varied content including notes on language, social organisation and customs and legends. Discusses the Yarra Tribe and groups across eastern Victoria. Includes language notes and diagrams, kin terms, names of people along coast and Victorian group associations with localities. Notes on 'eaglehawk and bunjil'. Possibly information from Barak ''My name is Bairuk - grub of gum tree'. Illustrations of weapons and burial practices. Notes from Paterson's 'The History of New South Wales, from Its First Discovery to the Present Time.'
Physical Description Notebook, black, hard-covered, entries in pencil. Condition: fragile; first section of pages weakly attached. No clasp.