Notes by Howitt on Kulin from Barak

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Transcription - Page 40

Blood feud 3 27

the Echuca men who were to throw at him
in front of their friend in a mob. They threw
so many spears and boomerangs at him
that I cannot count them – there were nine or
ten of the Echuca men throwing at him.
At last a [spear-crossed out] a reed spear went through his
side. Just then – it was about ten o’clock
in the morning – a [man - crossed out] Headman from the Seymour
blacks who had heard what was going
to be done came up. He had followed
after the Echuca men. He came in
between the Echuca men and us and
shouted out “Enough” “Enough” – then
he said to the Echuca men – why do
you come here – you should go
home to your own country. The
spear throwing was then stopped. They
had had blood and all were
friends. We had a very great corroboree
after that at which all these people joined.

Yarra men
Seymour King
Echuca men
Westernport Headman
Capt Turnbull
Mt Macedon Geelong

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Document Details

Letter From
Letter To
Author Howitt, Alfred William
Country Australia
Colony/State Victoria
Holding Institution State Library of Victoria
Collection Name Alfred W. Howitt Collection
Registration Number MS9356/391
Medium Notes
Summary MS 9356 [Series] Correspondence and notes concerning aboriginal tribes - Aboriginal tribes of Victoria. [Sub Series] Kulin Nation [Item Title] Notes by Howitt titled 'The Kulin tribe. Informant 'Ber-uk' otherwise King William of the Yarra tribe'. [Summary note] 103 pages. Box 1053 [Folder] 2(b) & (c) [State Library Victoria record 2018]
Physical Description Handwritten notes, undated and numbered pages. Additional notations and annotations in the left hand margins; includes a newspaper article.