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XM689_ICDMS_lowres Chapter VI Tribal Governments




carry, if he killed another it would be given to the second one, and itwas only when he obtained a heavy load that he carried anything himself.when I speak of these Headman in connection with the tribal (?) Ishall again refer to the henchmen.

The account given of these Headman given by Mr William Thomaswho was the protector of the Blacks in the years (?) , falls intoline with the particulars which have given. I have condensed his statement as follows! (1)

"Each tribe had a chief who directs all its movements, and whowherever he may be, knows well where all the members of the communityare. The chief with the aged men makes arrangements, forthe route eachparty is to take, when the tribe after one of its periodical meetingsagain separates.

Besides the chiefs they have other eminent men, as warriorscounsellors, doctors, dreamers who are also interpreters, charmers a whoare supposed to be able to bring or to drive rain away, and also to bringor send away plagues as occasion may require."

Such are Mr. Thomas's statements. Hehad great opportunitiesof pbtaining information, for as he says he was out with them for months";but it is much to be regretted that he did not more fully avail himselfof his opportunities, or if he did, he failed to record the results withthat detailwhich would have been now invaluable.

The Wurrunjeri clan of the Woeworung is a good example of thelesser tribal divisions, andof their Headmen. In order to make what Ishall say as to it more clear, it is (?) (?) (?) that (?) (?)(?) (?) (?) (?) (?) it was divided into three parts. One called Kuraje-barring, was subdiviedinto those who occupied the country from the Darebin Creek tothe sources of the Plenty River, under their HeadmanBebejern, and those who lived on the east side of the saltwater river up toMount Macedon (1) under the Headman Bilibellary. (8). the second division

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XM207 James to Howitt 3/10/1881



Mansfield, 3rd Octr 1881A. W. Howitt Esq. P. M.Sale

Dear Sir, I very much regret that I am unable to give you fuller information on the points referred to in your first circular and on those in yours of 26th last month.

I enclose such replies as I am able to giveregarding the Blanchewater blacks, but I can givenone about the blacks who formerly inhabitedthis locality as they are all dead or gone away.

I saw Mr Chenery today and he said he was doing all he could to assist you. Mr Thomas McMillan also told me he would assist andsaid he would call up some evening and get me to put his replies in order, so far he has not put in an appearance, but I intend to remind him of his promise. I have delayed replying to your circular of August

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