Field notebook

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Transcription - Page 5

to a big cave. T ran one way
+ Tadjery ran the other -
+ when she went in they
got boughs + burned her up.

Barm barm guruk

Binbeal is the Rainbow
+ makes rain - William
believes he is Bunjil's son

Wotjo Binbeal - big fellow up there

Kokom = Mopoke

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Wurindil wŭrn-dil
Sharpstones at Cape Schanck
put there by Mangata to stop
the sea. Dividing Marine bay
+ Colak [thun- crossed out] jūn the
other side.

The old people say that [there - crossed out]
[was a big fish in the - crossed out] Mang-alin
put a lot of Thŭndal in the
Estuaries at the heads to prevent
big fish like whales
or sharks to come in and
hurt people.

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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.