Letter from Joseph Guthridge 20 November 1906

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would not do any more work that day,
and Mr Seymour had to return to the

On another occasion, Mrs Seymour
said to a blackwoman on the station -
"What for you have nose all over your
face," and the woman retorted - "What
for you have nose like a boomerang."

Mr Seymour only remembers seeing one
party of blacks in the Lancefield dis-
trict, and they were camped near a
creek, about eight miles from the
quarry in the [crossed out: dre] direction of Melbourne.

One point that interests me is
-Was Berak one of the Kurnaje-
berreing section of the Wurrenjerri tribe?

In reading some notes on the
aborigines in "Victoria and Metropolis"
I noticed a reference to a black called
Barrack, "the King of the Yarra Yarra tribe,
and its sole survivor. William, as he is
often called, is believed to be 64 years
of age. He is a man of powerful build,
though somewhat short in [crossed out: build] stature,
and looks younger than he really is.
The old man believes he must have been
about eleven years of age at the time of

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Document Details

Date 20-Nov-06
Letter From Guthridge, Joseph
Letter To Howitt, Alfred William
Country Australia
Holding Institution State Library of Victoria
Collection Name Alfred W. Howitt Collection
Registration Number MS9356/431
Medium Letter
Locality Lancefield
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 Guthridge to A. W. Howitt. [Summary note] Lancefield. 5 pages. 1906 November 20. Box 1054 [Folder] 1(b) [State Library Victoria record 2018]
Physical Description Handwritten in ink. Signed and dated. Annotation on back of last page in Howitt's hand.