Howitt and Fison Papers


XM524_ICDMS_lowres Typed and handwritten notes about the Kurnai





Harry Daramungi han [sic] for Thundung a bird called Gliun (the Porp melanotis). When he was a small boy his father said to him "That is your Thundung, you will have it when I die". Do not killbit [sic]Big Charley's Thundung is twofold being both of the Congereels.The Burra which is the smaller one and the Noy-yang which is the larger one. He eats both of them.King Charley is also of these totems and could also eat of them.Tulaba's Thundug [sic] was the Jira (kangaruu) [sic].Big Joe's was the Thurung the Tiger snake.Billy Jumbuck's was the Thurung the tiger snake.Old Timpthy (Bunjil barlajan) was ?

When Mr Bulmer was with Billy Jumbuck in the bush, the latter was walking along side of a tiger snake which was wriggling alongbeside of him. Mr Bulmer said "What is that?, Billy replied "That one belonga me", and was very angry because Mr Bulmer killedit.

Those cases of natives both men and women, who had tame anija [sic]show that they were their totema. [sic] For instance Bunjil Bataluk,who had a tame Iguana, Old Lawson''s wife who had a tame [snake - crossed out]native cat, of another who had a tame snake, and so on.

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XM98_ICDMS_lowres Information from John Bulmer, n.d.




Name, Native Place, Division of Tribe, Wife's division of tribe

William McDougall, Raymond Island, Tatoonkolong, BrabolongTuleba, Bruthen, Brabolong, BrabolongWilliam Thorpe, Bairnsdale, Brabrolong, *Ngrangit the entrancal Blacks.Neddy O'Rourke, Lakes Entrance, Ngrangit, Braberry worcutTommy Johnson, Snowy River, Kroathun, Yacktoon worcutDick Cooper, Tatoonkolong, Tatoonkolong, Lowajerak Buffalo womanLarry Johnson, Snowy River, Kroatunkoolong, NrangitTimothy, Snowy River, Kroathun, TatoonkolongBilly the Bull, Lake Entrance, Ngrangit, Yacktoon worcutJackey Jackey, Lake Tyers, Warrnangatty, Yacktoon worcutBilly Jumbuck, Lake Tyers, Warnangatty, KroatoonYelmi, Lake Entrance, Ngrangit, BraberryDan, Lakes Entrance, Ngrangit, KroatoonKerlip Tom Snowy River, Kroatun, NgrangitBig Charley, Snowy River, Kroatun, Yucktoon worcutLamby, Bool Bool, Tatoonkolong, Brabeerry Brathu (turee)*Charley Rivers, Bool Bool, Tatoonkolong, BraberryBobby Brown, Bool Bool, Tatoonkolong, Ngrangit Ngrangit (both wives)Charley Blair, Bruthen, Braberry, KroathunKing Charley, Snowy River, Kroatun, Lowajerak BrabolongBen Jennings, Bool Bool, Tatoonkolong, Warrangatty Charley Alexander, Snowy River, Kroatunkolong, LowajerakSinging Johnny, Maneroo, Brajerak, LowajerakMunday, Maneroo, Brajerak, BidwellJohnny the plater, Snowy River, Kroatunkolong, KroatunMurray Jack, Maneroo, Brajerak, LowerjerakLawson, Scrub black, Bidwell, Bidwell. Jack Hay, Maneroo, Brajerak, Brabrolong taken by theftJimmy Thompson, Maneroo, Brajerak, Braberry Paddy, Sale, Brajerak, Kroatun worcut has girls - to himdid not marryFlanner, Bool Bool, Tatoonkolong, Yacktoon worcutKing Tom, Bool Bool, Tatoonkolong, Yacktoon

Ngrangit means belonging to the Entrance to Lakes. Lambys +c and wife Ellen are Tara

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hw0404 Notes on Kurnai 150 pages



9Billy the Bull - is a Kurnai ofLake Bunga. He says the Thundungis the Yalmerai (shark) that when thereare too many [?often?] about he would "sing them"away. No one eats shark.

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

Big Charly His Thundung are thetwo Conger eels - the Būra which is the smallerone 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 snakeLambiBilly Jumbuck Thurung - Tiger snakeBunjil Barlijan (Old Timothy)

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

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hw0398 Bulmer to Howitt April 25 1899



Mission Station Lake TyersApril 25th 1899My dear Mr Howitt,In answer to your letter I have got thefollowing answers from Charley Blair. But must first correct my unfortunate expression companion wife. I merely meant that Birrarark had Yallung and Dookalanem as real wives at the same time.1 Birrarark was the father of Harry Stephens by his wife Dookalanem who afterward married Barney his stepfather.2 As to table A I am sorry I cannot find out if Bimbingil had a sister either own or tribal Blair says it is too long for his remembrance and old Kitty who is about 70 yrs old tells me she belonged to the Sale district so does not know anything about the family.3 Table B Mary’s first husband was old Dick Cooper who was only father to C. Blair Emma + Jenny who married old Kangaroo Jack. They have another brother named David Blair (Yangooranark) who is married in N S Wales.4 Table C The first wife of Dick Cooper was called Boorajush. They were the father and mother of Big Joe (Dango willin)Lataba was only brother to Dick Cooper they had another brother Carloba who died [young - crossed out]about 20 years ago.Under table C1 I have given above the father + mother of Big Joe2 Also who was Lataba3 Kangaroo Jack married the wife of an old man named Billy Jumbuck. They had no children. She after the death of Kangaroo Jack married

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