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Wonghi tribe
This tribe which was also called Wonghi-bon
-whonghi being No - claimed the country on the
North side of the Lachlan, commencing about
Whealbale and following the river up for
80 miles. It extended back from the river
for something over 100 miles.

The Wonghi community was divided into the
following classes:
Ipai
a Ipai Kubith b a Ipai Muri b
Kŭmbo
α Kumbo Matha β α Kumbo Kubi β
Kŭbi
Mŭri

having the totem Wagŭn (crow) Mŭrūa (Kangaroo)
Tali (Iguana) Cūrū (Bandicoot), Kŭrakai (opossum)
Marriage and descent in the classes were as follows
[table]
male married children
Ipai Matha Kŭbi- Kubitha
Kŭmbo Kubbitha Mŭri - Matha
Kŭbi Būtha Ipai- Ipatha
Mŭri Ipatha Kŭmbo - Būtha

It was customary for a man to have more than
one wife. The parents consent was necessary
and it was very rare that a girl married without
her father's consent. The woman was bound
to be faithful to her husband, [under - crossed out] the penalty
being whatever punishment he thought fit to
administer. But this rule would not apply
to the husband.

[written in left side margin]
I cannot quite fix
this on the map

What tribe was on
the south side?

Is it a tribe or a clan?

Are there two primary
classes?

How were the
totems arranged
under the classes
and how many
totems were there in
all? I cannot ascertain
at present but will endeavour
to do so.

This tribe by its classes belongs
to the great "Kamilaroi" group.
Please note the
abnormal descent
in this tribe as compared
with Ŭnghi. Can you
enquire furhter as it
will be important to confirm
this for future comparison.

Does this mean that more
men had two wives than
one wife? If so numbers of
men must have been without.
Did the old men monopolize
the women - for if an infant
girl were betrothed to a grown
man he would be old when
she became marriageable.
This might be important in
considering the causes
leading to change in the
laws of marriage and
descent - e.g the
origins of customs
of elopement.

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