Notes on Kurnai 150 pages

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W Montgomery

In the year/44 when Robinson (Protector) came over
to see the district. [with - crossed out] In riding down morass at Heart
along back of morass - his two Murray Black police
found a skeleton doubled up in a hollow tree
- eight feet from ground not wrapped up in anything.
[Another time the - crossed out] The blacks burrowed [one ?? - crossed out] a gin
at the Heart - in hole made in an Ant heap.
Scooped out the inside from top - She was wrapped up in
her possum cloak and tied up. They mourned for her from
two or three days. Bobby the Blackfellow was buried
in hole in the ground - did not carry him about
- because they were then about the station - were
not travelling about except periodically.-

Were painted - eyebrows white, [??] white + red + white
stripe. And had a kilt + bridda bridda.
One dancer was representing Kangaroos. Representing
the actions of Kangaroos. The gins sang and old
men beating time. Some [songs - crossed out] corroborees were
merry + some monotonous.

When stranger came the women used to carefully
cover themselves up with their rugs.
Women generally wore possum cloaks. The men
sometimes went about naked but also equally wore
the bridda + kaiang - perhaps more often than not.
Montgomery brought them in - in 1846-47 at the
Heart + had no more trouble after - Jimmy Scott
was a little boy about 10 years old.

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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.