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Written down by A. W. Howitt from
the account by J. C. Macleod of the
early settlement of Gippsland.

J C McLeod

[In April 1849 - crossed out] About Xmas 48 [??] of the Black Police
reported finding part of a bible at the [??] - near a
place called Marly Point. He found it at a Blacks
camp - where he thought he saw a [black- crossed out] white woman
among the gins. A great many people went out to
see if they could find her. I went out with a black
fellow Ulmin of Omeo who was then living with
me at Buchan. We went poking about – partly
to catch a gin for him and to see if I could find the
white woman. The Blacks greatest wish was to get a gin.
- It was said she was down at the Snowy river
- that the blacks had removed her out of the way
of the whites to a place called [Dooruck - crossed out] Duroc.
In looking for the Blacks we found what is now
called the Snowy River station. The country at that time
looked beautiful covered with grass and nice
lightwood trees, and emus in lots. We found any
number of blacks – we came on a lot camped in a piece
of clear ground, open forest – they had never been disturbed
there; we sneaked up on foot and caught an old
man and three boys – the old man was old Bunyil
woorin – or Brokensun. They were frightened out of their
lives. The other two men and two gins ran right away
from us. We thought it best after making friends with
our captives to clear out. Finding no trace of the

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