Letter from John Bulmer 15 April 1880

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them. I will make further
enquiry of Old Lamby as
he ought to know being one
of the ancients. In the
mean time I should receive
with caution much about
message sticks as in
my opinion sticks referred
solely to corroborees and
not to any message.

With kind regards to
Mrs Howitt & yourself

I remain
faithfully yours
John Bulmer

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Document Details

Date 15 Apr 1880
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 81
Medium Letter
Region Gippsland
Locality Lake Tyers
Summary "Although this letter from Rev. J. Bulmer appears incomplete with the first page missing, A.W. Howitt has annotated the top of first page with ""Bulmer re messages April 15th 1880"". Discussion regarding communication - invitations and challenges - between groups in the Murray-Darling and in the Gippsland region. Includes notes on the issuing of a challenge to the Boul Boul men to fight; carrying a spear and Maruwan; sending a spear and shield to another group as 'an act of defiance'; and a reference to a stick sent to the Yelta group. In addition discusses how many Aborigines living near the Lake Tyers Mission went away to pick hops."
Physical Description Letter, possibly incomplete, handwritten in ink. Signed and with an associated date in A W Howitt's handwriting top of first page. One sheet, three pages. Good condition.