Shaw to Howitt 29 June 1898

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future wife was the daughter of his
father's elder sister - or of his
mothers elder brother". Barak
and other blacks here say "No".
They have never known such
a custom either here or any
where but that the marrying
of any blood relation has
always been strictly prohibited.

If I understand your question
it means that a cousin could
take to wife a cousin.

I can see that this would
be possible among the Australian
natives without violating their
universal class rule.

Yours respectfully
Joseph Shaw

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Document Details

Date 29 Jun 1898
Letter From Shaw, Joseph
Letter To Howitt, Alfred William
Country Australia
Holding Institution State Library of Victoria
Collection Name Alfred W. Howitt Collection
Registration Number MS9356/424
Medium Letter
Region Port Phillip
Locality Coranderrk
Summary MS 9356 [Series] Correspondence and notes concerning aboriginal tribes - Aboriginal tribes of Victoria. [Sub Series] Wurunjerri (See also Kulin nation and Port Phillip) [Item Title] Letter from Joseph Shaw to A. W. Howitt. [Summary note] Coranderrk to Melbourne. 2 pages. 1898 June 29. Box 1054 [Folder] 1(a) [State Library Victoria record 2018]
Physical Description Handwritten in ink. Signed and dated.