Notes by Howitt on Kulin from Barak

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Stars (3) 46
The people do not like to see this bird
injured .
Karat gūrnin - a lot of men
Karat –gūrŭk - a lot of women
- gūrŭk - woman or female
When any one kills the naribarm gūrūk
(mūlan = shadow of the Karat-gūrŭk) people
are very angry. It is buried wrapped up
in a little possum rug and the women cry over it.

[written in the left side margin]
The constellation of the “Bat”
seems to be part of Phoenix
[Drawing of the plan of the constellation:]
* * wife
* Balayang
* wife


[written in the left margin]
The Ūrŭnjeri [divi. - crossed out] clan of the Kūlin

There were three “mobs”: (divisions)
(1) 2. That of Bebejan at Darebin Ck, Heidelberg, Yan Yean
i.e the Plenty country.
1. [ditto] Billibillary from Melbourne up the East side
of the Saltwater river and western branch up
to half of Mt Macedon
(2) 3. that of Jackey Jackey Yarra flats and
and Northern slope of Dandenong Mts
[written in the left margin]
William’s Mothers Country -

William's mother came from
the Nourailŭm ballŭk at

[written in the left margin]
1+2 = Kŭrnáge-berre-ing
3 = [Boiberrit crossed out] Urunjeri

(3) 4. of the Boi-berrit -thŭn-willŭm (language) – who lived near Sunbury
under the headman Bŭng-erim

These mobs were called: -
(1) and (2) which belonged to each other
Kŭrnáge – berreing – Yanan from Castellas to
Saltwater River
(3) the Real Ūrŭnjiri (4) Boiberrit – thŭn willim.
N.B These divisions require to be
revised with a map.

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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.