Notes by Howitt on Kulin from Barak

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Transcription - Page 71

Bad country (2)
The results of breach of these laws was
supposed to be the swelling of the glands of
the neck, armpits & groin, and also
[since it appears that sim of late the venereal- crossed out]
[effect similar to venereal disease - crossed out]; this
maybe supposed to have become attributed to it.

A visitor during his first visit
was obliged to dispense with his own language
and to use only that of the bad country or
of some part of it. For instance when
William first went to Port Albert
he used the Western Port language but
him being free of it he speaks his own
Woey wūring language with impunity.

[In - crossed out] This country seems to be specially
known for this fatal quality to strangers.

The remainder of Gippsland as far
as the Snowy River was known to the
Bratauūng [sic]as being fatal through Būlk;
to William – the Northern and N - E part of Victoria
- Echuca, up to Albury – was known as
the country of the Yarūk – the upper
Murray, Omeo, Maneroo and Twofold Bay,
as the country of Mūng.

The Bad country commenced near the Yarra at Brushy creek
– followed it down, then across to Mordialluk Ck [through - crossed out] at Berwick
- Mordialluk itself, Brighton - St Kilda & Sandridge
+c was “half bad country”. French Island [& Phillip Island - crossed out]
was not permanently inhabited. In the Egg season
the Backs [sic] young men & married men went in canoes from Yalluk to the island with the
ebb tide and returned with canoes loaded with eggs at the flood
tide. The old men remained to take care of the Camp.

[written in left side margin]
Old Morgan
and a string
of old men followed
by the younger
men “fed”
William and
the old men who
brought him

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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.