Information from John Bulmer, n.d.

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Translation [size?] Charleys Plate

Thoona Wanjinata Brabolong Kroathun
To tell or give notice I have got Tribes
Ngiu wanjani Brabolong kanju
are mine having taken Tribe
Ditta wangu blata
with this Plate

I suppose the true translation would be
I inform the Brabolong and Kroathun Blacks
that they are mine, having taken the
Brabolong with this Plate.
That is the Snowy River Blacks were Charleys
before but now that he as got a plate
from you he claims the Brabolong as well.
With regard to your second paper I
will get the totems &c shortly I give answers
to a few questions in that paper.

6. A young man Brewit always provided food
for his father and his family generally
with regard to the Bullitwrang he
had to provide food for the young man
the meaning of the term Bullitwrang
literally is over a duck and referred
to the painting white round the eyes
making them look like a black duck
or wrang.

7. When a girl ran off with a young man
it was her Mother + Fathers business to
look after her. In case she were caught
by her own friends she would not become
common property but if caught by
others she would be used by all.
8. In case a widower had a sister in law

Lambys [This might be scanned from another page]

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Document Details

Letter From Bulmer, Reverend John
Letter To Howitt, Alfred William
Author Bulmer, Reverend John
Country Australia
Colony/State Victoria
Holding Institution Museums Victoria
Collection Name Alfred W. Howitt Collection
Registration Number XM 98
Medium Notes
Region Gippsland
Summary Appears to be a letter in response to A.W. Howitt's questionnaire, however there is no address, date or cover letter. Signed by Reverend Bulmer. Content relates to customs and organisation of groups from Gippsland. Begins with a translation of 'Charley's Plate'. Includes a listing of 32 local individuals, in a table format. The table includes the following headings: Names, Native Place, Division of Tribe, and Wife's Division of Tribe.
Physical Description Notes and a table, handwritten, undated. One large sheet folded in half with an additional smaller sheet, six pages. Notes are possibly a letter. Fragile condition, insect damage upper edging.