Field notebook

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Transcription - Page 53

water. But the
water stood up to
the place at Brighton
where Bunjil put
the stone. He said
there you stop then.
Būnjil took the boy
to a safe place.
[This boy was Thara -crossed out]

The old people say
this was a boy of
Bunjil's -----------

Plenty of kangaroos
+ Emus there before
[Old laws are said -crossed out]
[by the old people - crossed out]

[next page]

Some wirrarap were waang
Some were Bunjil.-

Bunjil wirrarap and
[Bunjil crossed out] waang wirrarap
went up through the
Hole in Heaven and
Bunjil hid [?them?]]
- you Bunjil wirrarup
like waang - and
you waang wirrarup
take Bunjil woman
[??] are
male + female
Bir- a-rak

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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.