XM21_ICDMS_lowres Charles Barrett to Howitt 28 September 1907
Mungo Lake Victoria. I have three girls hereas house servants their father is a Darling Black from Polia + mother a Murray Black . I was much interested in your inauguraladdress. I have read about Babbage and WarburtonH. Brookes [sic] who with Coulthardt [sic] and Willie Scottwere exploring on the Bede Creek and Brooks+ Scott fell in with Babbage's party + got a pint of water from him + saved their lives Coulthardtperished Brooks was manager on Moorara foryears for my father. When I came on the Darling in '64 Burke + Wills were fresh in peoplesmemory and they did not speak well of Burke as a bushman. I knew Wright he did 18 monthsloaf at Culhero till he was or ordered off. Ofcourse you the story of Burke touchingGrey on the head with a revelover [sic]. William Maiden is the oldest resident of Menindeeand might give you some information yourequire. All the old Blacks are dead that resided about here. I am suffering from a bad attack of influenza which makes my writing a bit shaky. I am Yours faithfully Charles Barrett P.S Warrego is the local name for Eagle Hawk
XM31_ICDMS_lowres Handwritten draft notes
[During- crossed out] In the preparation of the communication I havereceived important information [from - crossed out] through thecourtesy of [the Secretar- crossed out] Mr R. H. Beardmore the Secretaryto the Board for Protection of Aborigines, in SydneyThe Superintendent of Police for theBourke District has forwarded two reports[made to him as to the Kurnu amd Murawari - crossed out][tribes and one - crossed out] as to the Approximate number of[Aborigines - crossed out] Full Blood and Half Caste Aborigines in the BourkeDistrict, the Kurnu, and the Mūrawari tribes. [The essen These reports show that- crossed out][the decrease of the aborigine in the last - crossed out][ten years to have been from - crossed out]It appears that the number of Aborigines tenyears ago [in the - crossed out] and since in the Bourke District were as follows:1898 Full Blood Aborigines 824 Half Caste Aborigines 4541907 [ditto] ditto 540 ditto 425The Bourke District comprise an area of N. S. W.[appr - crossed out] consisting of 24 counties and approximately toone third of the area of the State ([which is 310, 700 square miles])The county on the left Side of the Darling River[was I th- crossed out] has II think been occupied for more than 50 yearswhile that on the right Side, [has - crossed out] to the Queensland border wasnot occupied more than 45 years ago, when I travelled it [in search - crossed out] when searching forthe Burke + Wills expedition [I do think up - crossed out] The decreasein the Aboriginal population was normally here greater during thatlonger period of occupied by the whites, and I ccannot think thatthe greater part of the Full blood Aborigines will be found inthe country north west of the Darling River - and the Queensland border
19071861-2[1907 - crossed out][54 - crossed out]45
XM270 Muirhead to Howitt 19/3/1908
2about 20 remain. Of those Aborigines taken toIslands by Government, not more than five or sixbelong to Wakelburra or Cowan burra - of thenatives taken from Central districts to Reserves, the mostwere Terraburra - Yengaburra - the undermention [sic] tribes(members) are all gone = Mutheraburra - once about 100 strongWandilla Burra (extinct) once about 80 strongTo your question = do you know [of - crossed out] any cases wherea fresh law, was made to suit such circumstancesmeaning to allow a Kurgilla man to take others than a baowoman. Answer No = At any time if I can help youin your work I shall only be too pleased to do so -Though we only know one another by correspondingYet, your labours are not unknown to me -though the nearest we ever were to one another wason the day the remains of the "ill fated Burke + Wills"were being buried when you brought them infrom Coopers Creek = and your father's work "Exploreation [sic]of Australia" are among my valued books.Hoping to soon hear that you are strong andhale again, with good wishesI RemainYours faithfullyJ.C. Muirhead
hw0245 Christison to Howitt 1884/09/23
altitude above sea 1800ftlatitude 21 Long. 146 the blacks were verynumerous, the only description they couldgive me of a white man was in connection with an animal which doubtless was a camel, belonging either to Burke + Willsparty, or later on to MacKinlay's expeditionwho in search of the former, ran up theMueller due west from ehere about 100 miles,The class names here, are in fact thesame as in every part of Queenslandwhich I have travelled over. Viz.Coboro marries a CoragillaWongo [ditto] [ditto] BunberryChildren from the former are styled Bunberry from the latter Coragilla -I wish to acquaint you with a strange fact. The natives here have all their own districts, which area isgenerally about 50 miles by 50. The strange fact is this, that taking 12 districtsround about here the names all end
in burra [underlined] except one. For instance this district is Balleburra, the next Pouleburraand so on to the eleventh, but the twelfthis Goamulga. I have learned a great deal about the natives in a general wayI have them all about me now, all theboys do my station work, I have had themall baptized, and took one to Englandon my last trip. My experience is thatunder judicious treatment they are a very fair specimen of humanity.
I have a gang of boys here, I could crossthe Continent with, in fact I prefer them, for cattle work to Europeans. I couldrelate some captial anecdotes about themin the early days, but if your book is merelya scientific one, they would be out ofplace. May I ask if you are the samewho took charge of the relief party insearch of Burke + Wills?
I am an old explorer myself, and