Notes by Howitt on Kulin from Barak

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Transcription - Page 66

The stars
[Bunjil Fomalhaut - crossed out] Altair is Bunjil and
γ and ε Piscis Australis are his wives .
His six sons are as follows
α centauri = Thara
β. centauri = Djŭrt Djürt
These two have all red color and are the
ones that burned all the country from Gippsland
to beyond the Murray. Thara is being carried
by Djŭrt Djŭrt.
[β cru - crossed out] α crucis = Yukope green parakeet
β crucis = Dan tun - Blue Mountain parrot
[A - crossed out] Achernar =Tadjeri – Phascolgale penicillata ?
Star in a line with Achernar & Sirius = Turnŭng
Tadjeri and Turnŭng overlook the
whole world and watch it.
Canopus = a companion of Loh-an
which is Sirius. Loh-an is like a
blackfellow and lives on an island
off Wilson’s Promontory. He belongs to the
“Bad country”. This Bad country extends
from Gardiners Creek & Nunnawadding
[round - crossed out] all over Westernport – and into
Gippsland beyond Sale. A Blackfellow
going there may be injured if he is touched
by the people living in it or receives food
directly from their hands. For instance
when William first went to Gippsland
Old Morgan who belongs to the “Bad
Country” gave him some 'possum
at the end of a stick in order that
he might not injure him. This
is the way that Loh-an gives [?possums?]
to the blacks of the “Bad Country”.

[written in the left side margin]

When Bunjil


See the note
about Lohan

See the
notes about
the Bad Country

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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.