Notes by Howitt on Kulin from Barak

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Transcription - Page 47

Beside each of the Ngurungeit there was
the man to whom he gave “his words”.
Beside Capt Turnbull was my father's brother
Jack Wotherly
Beside my father his uncle Winberi, beside
Billbillary was Bungerin – Beside me
are Robert Wandin, Tom Mansfield who
gets “the word” from me and Tom Donnelly.

If a Ngurungeit had a son who
was all right and who did good to the
people he would be Ngurungeit. If he
was a bad man or people did not like
him they would get some one else
- some relative of the old Ngurungaet
– his [uncle - crossed out] brother's son; [or sisters son - crossed out].

[written in left side margin]

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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.