Notes by Howitt on Kulin from Barak

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Transcription - Page 65

The origin of a great Feud [with - crossed out] between
the Westernport Blacks and Gippsland blacks
A long time ago – long before the white man came
to Melbourne – a number of Mordiallock people
went down to the Tarwin to feast on native cabbage.
When they [cam - crossed out] got there they found everything eaten
up – for a lot of [Gi - crossed out] Port Albert blacks had been
there and devoured everything eatable. They
were very angry and having sent back their
women to [Da - crossed out] Berwick – this country
belonged to the blacks from BerwickBunyip
down to the Tarwin they followed the Gippsland
blacks and killed several. Then the
Gippsland blacks retaliated by making
a party and going into Westernport
Several of their parties went to and fro
and they Gippsland & Westernport blacks
were never friends after. One of these
raids was when the Gippsland blacks
got into Jamieson's house by the roof
and threw out the flour and took
the bags away - and took a walet with

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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.