Field notebook

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Transcription - Page 28

Turnung is a small animal
see the rough sketch at end of this
book. Tail rather short & hairy
-silvery black in colour. Cannot
fly but runs actively all up and
down trees

[Is not one of the Totems - crossed out]

The flying mouse is called
Did-thūng - is not
one of Bunjil's boys

see written note 6 pages
further on
[small sketch]

[next page]

Ask Berak and Captain
Batman says that "Principal chief
recognized the secret "Sydney natives' mark"
which two blacks made in a tree, and
referring to knocking out tooth. He then
Made his own mark - the same
as is in the deed thus:-
Jagajaga - [illustration of the mark made by this man] (three of them)
Cooloolock - [illustration of the mark made by this man]
Nungarie - [illustration of the mark made by this man]
Yanyan - [illustration of the mark made by this man]
Moonwhip - [illustration of the mark made by this man]
Mommamalar - [illustration of the mark made by this man]

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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.