Field notebook

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Transcription - Page 12

tallang ain = makes
young men. -
made at here - Geelong
Bacchus Marsh -
Mt Macedon - the
Wang Kūm + were over toward
Murray. Wang Kūm might
not eat old woman
possum - emu - duck
- porcupine -
can eat- ringtail and
old man possum
and by and bye when grown
up the men rub him
over with Emu fat he
is then called
Wa-gŭnim bale-

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I was made tallangŭn
at South Yarra -
Capt. Turnbull, Bille billary
Billy Lonsdale all ngūrrŭn gaete
were there.
They tied round my arm
[the tail- crossed out] strand of ring tail
possum skin - and
reed necklace - (gombert)
and a nose peg
( illijerri) - head band
Kaiūng - waist string
Brand yep = kilt
[also a Brabŭn- crossed out]
I gave a possum rug as
a present to one of them
Bille Bellary

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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.