I have [??] informants as to
The present actual condition of the Kurnu
and Mūrawari tribes from the Superintendant
of Police at Bourke through the courtesy of Mr R. H.
the Secretary for the Board for the Protection of Aborigines
in Sydney
The Kurnu tribe now numbers only 25
[individuals- crossed out], and the Mūrawari 40
individuals, a number of whom live at the
Brewarrina [abori- crossed out] Mission Station
I have also received a statement showing the
respective numbers of Full blood + Half Caste
Aborigines in the Bourke District for the last
ten years. I may mention that the Bourke District
comprises twenty four counties, being an area of
approximately one fifth of the State of New South Wales
[which - crossed out] the extent of which is 310.700 square miles.
The Bourke District may be considered as
having been settled at three different periods
[one following the - crossed out] the first being its eastern part
following the exploration of Sturt and Mitchell say
from 1830 to 1840, the second along the Darling River
and is [?particular?] above Bourke from 1845 and
the North Eastern part after 1861-2.
[The effect of this and of the formation of towns has - crossed out]
[been - crossed out] On this view I consider that the aborigines
will have dominated in number in population to the
difference in the time which has elapsed since
settlement by whites in their country. I think that one half of
the surviving Fullbloods will probably be found in the latest settled area.

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1898 Full blood Aborigines 824 Half caste Aborigines 454
1907 [ditto] [ditto] [ditto] 540 [ditto] [ditto] [ditto] 425

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