Notes by Howitt on Kulin from Barak

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Captain Turnbull was the brother of the paternal grandmother of
Berak. He was Bunjil. He lived where the Bush Inn is and
lived under a hill near there (Garangill). Turnbull took
care of the stone quarry where tomahawks were procured – He
took care of it for all the tribe (Woiworung). Hence he was
called Ningūlabŭl = stone tomahawk.

Bilbilary married Turnbull's sister. He was Waa.


The Woiwurung obtained wives from distant places. For instance
beyond Mt Macedon + the Goulburn River. If a man
of the Yarra River obtained a wife from the Goulburn – a
woman from the Yarra went there in exchange. The man
went at times to see his wife's father. If the old man were
ill – he went there also to take care of him and it was
his duty to provide him with much food (game) and also
to give him presents of rugs, +c. These gifts were called
Ngŭl-lŭrp = Mŭk-jeak. But the man did not
join his [fathers - crossed out] wife's father's side in case of war.
Yet he would on no account injure the old men
if they met in a fight.

[written in left side margin]

Capt Turnbull ― sister



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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.