Questions for William Berak

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Transcription - Page 3

Notes for Berak

(12) Has he ever heard of people being [?shown?]
Lohan as a final ceremony in the marine
Smyth says the strangers are taken
within sight of the Promontory but not allow
ed to look at it until permitted to by the
Karek or throwing stick of one of the con
ductors. The weapon was slowly moved
round till pointing at the mountain
when the form of Lohan was seen. For
a few seconds half veiled in mist.

(13) Who was wi-won-der-rer a half stone
half human creature who devoured
people at a mountain called "narn"
at the north east of Western Port. It could
only be speared in the nostrils or eyes.

(14) What is the legend about the Buk-ker-til-lible
a hole or chasm [in the - crossed out] at Narneian on
[the - crossed out] Brushy Creek running into the Yarra
It is said that Bunjil threw a star down
to punish people and made the hole

[written in left side margin]
Does not know

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Document Details

Letter From
Letter To
Author Howitt, Alfred William
Country Australia
Holding Institution State Library of Victoria
Collection Name Alfred W. Howitt Collection
Registration Number MS9356/429
Medium Notes
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] Questions from A. W. Howitt for William Berak, Shaw's tribal informant and notes. [Summary note] 16 pages. Box 1054 [Folder] 1(a) [State Library Victoria record 2018]
Physical Description Handwritten in ink. Undated and unsigned. Possibly a draft? First 10 pages contains a list of questions. Some subheadings throughout. Last 6 pages are notes. Includes 2 sketch maps.