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As a comparison with the [Legend- crossed out] beliefs in the Mura-mura
[of the Lake Eyre tribe - crossed out]. I know of no better example than those
of the [Kurnai - crossed out] Kulin and Kurnai tribes of Victoria.
A numbers legends [sic] have been published by different authors taken
from their folk lore (1) [and of the - crossed out] of which I note [versions which - crossed out] several different versions (1)
[I collected myself and which have been from - crossed out] from Woeworung + Kurnai narrators collected originally myself
As the Kurnai were an offshoot from the Kulin stock, the
explanation which I am able to suggest as to the legends of the

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former may be applied to the analagous legends of the latter.

[I have - crossed out] legends [relating to- crossed out]
[I have not been able to learn of the ceremonies suppose to be - crossed out]
[few - crossed out], I am [??] of any beliefs or legends relating to the
initiation ceremonies of the Kulin, and the reason may be that
those ceremonies [were many that- crossed out] did not have the sand or [??] character
of the Bora at the Kuringal. But with the Kurnai there was
an legend [sic] relating to the Jeraeil. As to [the number - crossed out] legends recording
[the - crossed out] wanderings they also are few, those relating to the sky-country
are more numerous, but in most of these [relate to the actions - crossed out]
the actors are [anoth - crossed out] beings who combine the human and
the animal element.

A few instances will illustrate these several classes.
of which I have quoted from the work of my daughter in the Folklore
and legends of some Victorian Tribes
(1) - [The other instances are - crossed out]
The Wotjoballuk legend - see reverse of
The Kurnai legend relating to the [Init- crossed out] Jeraeil ceremony is the

(quote here)

The Woeworung legend of Lohän is that he when he was [baking eels- crossed out] cooking eels
at the Yarra River a Swan's feather was carried by the south [wind - crossed out] breeze
and fell on his breast. Walking in that direction he at length reached
[the sea the - crossed out] Westernport Bay where the Swan [was - crossed out] lived. There he remained until
they migrated Eastward, when he followed them, and at last came to Corner Inlet
where he made his home in the mountains of Wilsons promontory, watching over
the welfare of the people who followed him south to the country he had found (2)
Another legend relates to the [early - crossed out] wanderings of the [ancestors - crossed out]
Kurnai predecessors. Bunjil Borun the first Kurnai marched across
approched from the north west until he reached the sea at the Inlets
where Port Albert now is. On his head he carried his canoe in which was
his wife Tūk. Bunjil Borun is the Pelican & Tūk the musk duck.

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and the
Alcharinga ancestors
of the Arunta

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1. Thomas
Brough Smyth
Langloh Parker

A legend of the Wotjo tribe gives an account of the
wanderings of the two Brambramgals [who were the - crossed out] in search of their sister's son Doän
(the flying squirrel) who had been killed and eaten by Wembulin (tarantula); [afterwards they - crossed out] and
[went - crossed out] afterwards further meeting with various adventures and naming these places where they
occurred, until the younger of the brothers died. [The elder brother + their mother sought for him - crossed out]
Theere was elder 'shaped' part of a tree [??] the form of a man and by his magic it became alive + called him elder brother
United once more the Brambramgals travelled far to the west where they lived in a cavern, but no one knows where they have gone (p. )

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TUK - The U has a horizontal line above.

Margaret T. Newman

I have spent some time on this. I have yet to tackle the LH Margin and the bottom of the page. It is interesting deciphering. The transcribing is substantially incomplete as yet.