A wife was obtained by gift from [the - crossed out] her father and
not by exchange of a female relative.
No instance of elopement of unmarried girls
is recorded. Female captives were the
property of their captors if of a class from
which he might legally take a wife. A Wonghi
man would not persist in retaining a female
captive of a forbidden class, for by doing so he
would incur the contempt of every member
of his tribe. It is not certain whether he would
be killed or not in such a case.
assuming that an Ipai man would regard every Ipatha
as his sister - how would he regard Butha? and
assuming that he might regard every Matha as his
wife how would he regard every Kubbitha?
A reply to this might throw some light
backwards into the shadowy past.
It was not I think customary for men to xchange
wives to prevent sickness or to avert a calamity
[written in left side margin]
This seems to point
to a system of betrothal
It will be important
to fully confirm this
If we could learn from
what localities, near
or distant the Wonghi men
fetched their wives - it
would be an important
step. In the Mitchell blacks
being from Bathurst obtained a
wife at Regents Lake, Lachlan Rv
and she understood the language
down below Euston.
x I will make x
This opens up many
questions. Where were
these tribes all located;
What were their class
systems; did their
young men attend
the Wonghi Boras
or vice versa +c +c?
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