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XM259_ICDMS_lowres A. Meston to Howitt 23 April 1893

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In the "Coonool Cabalchoo" tribe - negative "ganderr" (Dialect "Coobenpil") - "goom"My father was "Buntay" - my mother "Cheranggan"The boys would be Banjooroo[ditto] girls [ditto] Banjoorean

The girls would marry Barrang[ditto] boys [ditto] Barranggin

In the Gooneeburra ("fire blacks") tribe Darling Downs -negative "Wacca" -I was "Mooroon " (the emu) married to a "Terroine" (the kangaroo) who became "Terroinggan" - Our children are"Bemtahran". A "Terroine" married a "Mooroon" wife, whobecomes "Mooroonggan". Their children are "Pandoors" (theopossum) Pandoors marry Pandoors + their children are"Pandoorean".

In "Nhulla" I was of the class"Dingal" the fisheagle - in "Coobenpil", "Murree" the kangaroo. In Wacca"Mooroon" the emu. At the time of my first interview withthe "Goondobarries", in 1868 there were only about 60 left. Theywere a wild fierce fighting tribe addicted to cannibalism.

There is now but one man + one woman left. Lic transitThey spoke a dialect called "Nhulla", differing from all neighbouringdialects. The negative was "goom, the yes - "yow". It containedsome words of "Cabbee" (Kabi) + some of "Coobenpil" & "Churrabool"

I give you one or two specimens over

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