Letter from Bulmer 20 April 1880

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was usually required as when
a young man on the Lower Murray
named Nanithero married
Malukra, the old people
gave their consent. Though
sometimes marriages were
arranged among the young
men without the parents
knowledge. They would then
all meet together and
take the girl from her
parents and allow the old
people to seek redress
afterwards. This was when
an exchange was contemplated.
Marriages were often brought
about by elopement though
this caused fighting.
A couple were sometimes
betrothed when young as in
the case of Nauithero

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Document Details

Date 20 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 82
Medium Letter
Region Gippsland
Locality Lake Tyers
Summary "The letter discusses the region around the junction of the Darling and Murray Rivers. Content also relates to the Gippsland District. Discusses social organisation and marriage laws and customs. Reply to A.W. Howitt's questionnaire and questions relating to language. Also mentions ""Wallace's Australasia"" when speaking of languages."
Physical Description Letter, handwritten in ink. Signed and dated. Three folded sheets, eleven pages. Vertical, red-pencil line through text on three pages. Condition: fair; small tears along central folds; slightly tattered upper edges.