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hw0417 Notes from Bonwick's Book



2.the faces of several were painted with red, white and yellow clays and others had a reed or bone run through the nose. That of the chief must have measured at least two feet.

Ornamental scars were common on the shoulders, and one was deeply pitted as if from small pox.

Their possum rugs were marked on the skin sides by parallel lines forming [?], [?] to and [?] with human figures dancing.

The arms were spears with throwing sticks; shields neatly carved; war spears barbed with white "spar" or sharks teeth. The fish spears were pointed with the bone of the Kangaroo.

He says Food is; shellfish, wild fowl caught in traps, lizards, gnats, [etc?] They chewed the green leaves of various plants, several of which had a slight astringent taste and an aromatic smell p 28 et seq.

When huts were constructed of branches of trees [?licity?] and the open side to [lee wind?]. Sometimes coarse grass is interwoven with the branches. Fires at every entrance of huts. They carried fire brands with them. p 28 et seq.

A straw basket made with 'tolerable neatness' was observed.

The native of Port Phillip different from those of [?] S.W. in [?] hairs a front tooth knocked out but "hairy then [?] perfect."p 30.


Batman's journal as published in the "Yeoman" Aug 30/62 At Gilebrand Harbour he landed to meet the natives who were at seven large huts. His natives stripped and went up naked to the huts. The blacks were gone - He followed them for 10 miles when they found an old woman and the remainer of tribe (women & children) a mile off. He says that his natives could partially understand them. The women all of small size & each with a child at [breast or back?], [ex?] by any woman. Every woman had a load of 60 - 70 lbs on her back: Baskets, net bags, native tomahawks bones etc. He found in one bag a piece of cartwheel tire ground down and put in a handle for a tomahawk. Since iron [?]. Since wooden

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hw0416 Notes from Shillinglaw's book



Port Phillip AboriginesHead Man

Head manSunday 23rd Oct 1803"Early in the afternoon they returned with a greatmany of them (x): and at 2 pm they in the boatcoming back observed 70 in a body x x x thechief at this time seized Mr G (x) who called out toMr T x to fire on them x x Mr T fired over them, theyran away a small distance, but soon approachedagain with the King (who wore a very elegant truban - crown)and was always carried upon the shouldersof the men. Whenever he desired them to haltor to apporach they did it immediately x x

Journal of the Revd Robert Knopswoom A MinHistorical Records of Port Phillip J J Shillinglaw FRSSp. 92 Government Printer Melbourne1870

Note In the entry Saturday 22nd he says thatMr Tuckey + two boats went to survey the N.W. pointof the Bay - it is left uncertain whether the N.W.point of Port Phillip Bay is intended or whether the oppositeshores of the Bay - N.w. from the settlement (Sorrento) are intended - for it is said subsequently Friday 21st"at 50 past 7 the cutter + launch returned from Surveying the harborhaving last night arrived from surveying the Harborhaving last night arrived in the N.W. point of the baywhere they have discovered a straight an apparentpassage towards the sea, which the first Lieut Mr Tuckeyintended to have explored but was driven to

[written in left side margin](x) the blacks AWH

(x) Gammon a masters mate of theH. M. Ship Calcutta

x Tuckey 1st LieutH.M.S Calcutta

(2) footnotesee Buckley's life +cp. 72

[??] strait?

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hw0429 Questions for William Berak



39 Where did [the - crossed out] Meymet and Berbira live

40 Were the Nguralŭng - Bunjil or Waa?[Where did - crossed out]

41 What do B + R know about the Banjerang.

42 Does he remember hearing that wherePort Phillip Bay now is was once dry land

43 What is the exact English of this:-Indara ngarū ngŭn mŭn ngŭrliknŭn-nŭn thŭm-bŭn - mŭrŭmbi-ekKoy-ū-it wanthŭn-ara mŭrŭmbiek.

44 Who were the two wives of Bunjil? ([?Y + E Pisces Aust?])

45 Is this correct? When the Waa people + Bunjilpeople were camped together - they were in differentparts of the same ground - and could not touchany of each others food - what else?

46 What is a good name for a house?- like Kurnai [Lean - crossed out] Lu-an hun - is itMarine ilum or mariuilum?

47 What does Warriugal mean?Heidelberg

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