Letter from Bulmer 11 January 1878

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to express Blacks as opposed to
Loorn white man. (bye the bye
it would be difficult to determine
how the idea of a white man
came amongst them.) I think
when a Black wanted to express
his own people he would say
Wraktun Kani. Men of this
country, or even Mac Kani
the real Blacks. [added note: Kurnai means man not Blackfellow]

King Charley tells me they
did not consider the Twofold
Blacks as Brajerack
but as Kroatungolong. The
Snowy River + Bem men seem
to have had intercourse with

Charley tells me they got
wives from Maneroo both by
stealth + as free gifts
there was no law against them
having wives from that quarter

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only when true love? existed
between a couple + they could
not get the consent of parents
or guardians. They always
continued to elope and marry
themselves. I believe the
elopement business was the
most common form of marriage
as it was always a most
difficult thing to get the
consent of the friends of the
woman. There was generally
some hitch in the arrangements
so they simplified matters
matters [sic] in that way

Billy Tuleba you will see
by the Table got his from
the Lakes Entrance among the
Bul Butta

With kind regards to Mrs Howitt
+ your family in which Mrs Bulmer
joins. I remain
faithfully yours
John Bulmer

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Document Details

Date 11 Jan 1878
Letter From Bulmer, Reverend John
Letter To Howitt, Alfred William
Country Australia
Holding Institution Museums Victoria
Collection Name Alfred W. Howitt Collection
Registration Number XM 77
Medium Letter
Region Gippsland
Locality Lake Tyers
Summary Content of the letter relates to marriage rules and much of the information is obtained from Reverend Bulmer's informant, named as King Charley. Two annotations on the back page indicating that A.W. Howitt had forwarded this letter to Lorimer Fison on two occasions. First annotation is dated 15/01/1879; the second dated 20/1/1879.
Physical Description Letter, handwritten, ink. Dated and signed. Single sheet, four pages. Good condition; fold marks.