[?Finapagee?] Wanaaring NSW 6 May 1898 A.W. Howitt Esq Heanor East Melboume Dear Sir When Mr J H Boothby was here last month he asked me to get for you some information of the aborigines of this district. He left a list of questions you required answered + I have replied to them in order as set down, + send under this. I trust they will be of some service to you. However a number of blacks words with their English meanings + [??] emunerate them for you only you are likely to have them already but if you send me a list of English words I will try + send you their aboriginal equivalents. I am Yours Truly Maurice I A Feehan
1 Parooingie Name of tribe on Paroo south of Hungerford Byjerie [ditto] north [ditto] (I have no information on Byjeries) 2. The present site of Hungerford township on the Queensland + New South Wales boundary is the boundary of the above two tribes. The southern boundary of the Parooingie is about Wanamurlee waterhole on Goorimpa, a station about 110 miles south of Hungerford. Wanamurlee is 12 miles south of Goorimpa. 3. Parooingie is not divided into lesser districts + appears to have no Eastern or Western boundary 4. The members of the Parooingie are divided into two 5. classes as under Muckwarra or Keilpana Teal duck Totem Eaglehawk Bilyanah Bream Fish Mungie names Kangaroo Thurlta Snake Thooroo Bandicoot Boorcamia Iguana Burna Opossum Yerringie Emu Cullee Carnie Carnie (abor) 6. Muckwana man of any class may marry a Keilpana woman of any class + vice versa. 7 + Muckwarra manmarried to a Keipana woman 9 the children are Keilpana. If a Kilpana woman is a snake or Emu the children are snakes or Emus. The child always takes after the mother 8 There are only Muckwarra + Keipana class names with the several lesser or totem names.