Notes on Kurnai 150 pages

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Billy the Bull - is a Kurnai of
Lake Bunga. He says the Thundung
is the Yalmerai (shark) that when there
are too many [?often?] about he would "sing them"
away. No one eats shark.

Harry Daeramunges His Thundung is
a Bird called Gliun, [fr - crossed out] the Pophyro
melanotus. When he was a small boy his
father said to him "That is your Thundung.
You will have it when I die." Do not kill it.

Big Charly His Thundung are the
two Conger eels - the Būra which is the smaller
one and the Nuy-yang which is the larger.
He says that he eats of both of them.

King Charly also [?had?] these for him +
could also eat of them.

Tulaba's Thundung was Jira (Kangaroo)
Big Joe Thurung - the Tiger snake
Billy Jumbuck Thurung - Tiger snake
Bunjil Barlijan (Old Timothy)

[comment written at end of page linked back with arrow to Billy Jumbuck]
When Mr Bulmer once [walking with - crossed out] saw
Billy Jumbuck walking along looking down at a
Tiger snake which is wriggling along [??]
him. Mr Bulmer said "What is that?"
Billy Jumbuck replied "The one

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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 MS9356/404
Medium Notes
Summary MS 9356 [Series] Correspondence and notes concerning aboriginal tribes - Aboriginal tribes of Victoria. [Sub Series] Kurnai [Item Title] Notes by A. W. Howitt titled 'Kurnai. Various names of plants, language etc.'. [Summary note] Incorporates information from correspondents including Mr. McAlpine, J. C. McLeod and tribal informants. 145 pages. Box 1053 [Folder] 3(b) & 4(a) [State Library Victoria record 2018]
Physical Description Correspondence and notes.