Notes by Howitt on Kulin from Barak

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Stone Tomahawks

The right to [the - crosssed out] hunt and procure food in area of country [which belonged to - crossed out] occupied by a certain
family or group of families – (strictly speaking
to the males only) carried with it other
proprietary rights. For instance the paternal
uncles ? of William BeirūkBillibillari
claimed the country on which was situated
the quarry from which stone was procured
for making tomahawk heads X
With him [were his - crossed out] as co occupier were his
brother and the son of his sister + who was
married to a man of the Mt Macedon tribe (see contra A),
and also William's father Be-be-jem
who lived at [Melbour - crosssed out] the Yarra.
Billibellari lived at the quarry to take care
of it – and when he went away his
nephew went to mind it. When the
neighbouring tribes wanted stone for tomahawks
they usually sent a messenger to Billibellary
to that they would take up possum rugs
and other things if he would give them
stone for them. When they arrived they camped
round about the place. Billibillary’s
father when he was alive split up the
stones and gave it away for presents
such as rugs, weapons, ornaments,
- belts necklaces – three pieces of stone were
given for a possum rug. People sometimes
gave presents in advance to get stones
by and bye. I have heard Billebillary
say to the people when they came

[footnote at bottom of page]
X give [?brief?] def.

[written in left side margin]

quote Buckley

+ This sister was married
to a man of the tribe at
Bacchus Marsh
therefore not an Ūrundjeri
and yet he had a share in
the tomahawk ground
– probably others had
The tomahawk
place he says is in
a break in the Dividing
about SW from

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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.