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their fathers once killed
Kangaroo [crossed out- in the] where Hobsons Bay
now is and that the Yarra River
went out at the Heads - but that
the sea burst in and made it all as it now is.
These legends [crossed out -confir]
strengthen each other and are
supported by geological evidence.
I also when in time boiled down
about 20 volumes of travel and
reports re aborigines which I found
in Rusdens Library. Lastly I [crossed out: went]
met a gentleman lately from Port
Essington
who is to give me important
notes as to that tribe - M by C. M by E -
and will give me the address of an
Oxford man who is managing the
Cobarg cattle station there and as
he says will be sure to help. I have
written to him. I think you will
agree with me that my four days in
Melbourne were not idle. Since then
I have been constantly busy completing
the manuscript with tit bits which I
get either in my reading in Melbourne
or from correspondents. I have now
completed excepting the two or three

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replies I named. I shall at once order
the circulars to be printed and will send off ours.
Robertson does not want his yet - he says if sent out
so long before the publication as four months people will forget.
Now I must close this Progress Report.
Yours faithfully AW Howitt

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