Field notebook

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Transcription - Page 25

(1) Marriage arranged by the two fathers often
when girl was quite small but the actual
marriage was not until the old men had
decided that the time had arrived.
(2) a sister of the man had to be given in exchange
for the girl given for his wife

(3) Those who might lawfully marry were Be-arn
to each other

(4) at the great meetings the old men
arranged which of the young women was
old enough to be sent to the places where
their future husband lived - who took them?

(5) Does he remember Eliza - her father of Darling River tribe who was
promised to Billy Hamilton of Goulburn tribe
- and also Gellibrand (Ber-uke = Kangaroo Rat)
of Melbourne tribe? Does he remember
fight between Gellibrand + Hamilton at Sandy Ck
when Būnwurung, Woewurung + 3 other tribes were
present - + when Gellibrand beat Hamilton?
(Billy remembers all this)

(6) Does he know Binbeal - the Rainbow?
Yes Binbeal one of Bunjil's
young men

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(7) Does he remember the old man of the
Moogolumbeek tribe - when alot (7)
of tribes were in the Govt. Paddock + all
of them listened to what the old man said.
Who was he? Kala Kalap Knocking or
with the fist
or heel

(8) ask about exchange of sisters

(9) draw up pedigree of William also of his
father's sister +c

(10) were marriages made up at the great
meetings? "Wangkūm?"

(11) Bilibelari - Sister
Captain Turnbull - Sister
Jack Wetherly - Bebijern

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Document Details

Date 09 Oct 1897
Letter From
Letter To
Author Howitt, Mr Alfred William
Country Australia
Holding Institution Museums Victoria
Collection Name Alfred W. Howitt Collection
Registration Number XM 775
Medium Notebook
Summary Belonging to A.W. Howitt. Ethnographic and survey notes. Content also includes discussion of Woeworung marriage rules and a table of marriage is given; documents a number of stories regarding Aboriginal History; and includes the signs of Aborigines in the deed drawn up by John Batman. Includes a genealogy of sorts for William Barak. There are unrelated botanical notes and illustrations as well. There also appear to be sketch drawings of animals, possibly made by Richards or Barak towards the end of the book.
Physical Description Notebook, leather-bound, with metal clasp. 40 sheets, 71 pages. Condition: fragile; spine is slightly weak but no loose pages.