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Mŭrrin on the other hand were the
extreme southern termination of the great
migratory stream which it seems followed
down the Eastern watershed of the continent
and still exists as Mŭrre, Mŭrri,
Murrai, Mŭrrin from the Burdekin
to Cape Howe. Here then we have some
evidence of the partial fusion of the
edge of two [widely se - crossed out] tribes widely separated
by speech and details of custom, of the
establishment of friendly relations and also
of the important right of intermarriage
in a friendly manner – in fact of the
recognition of a “jus connubri”.

Another instance is the Bidwelli
tribe which inhabited the dense jungly
country lying between the Seacoast and
the Genoa and Snowy Rivers northward
to the sources of the [Genoa - crossed out] intermediate streams
and even extending over the coast range
to Bendoc. The language of this tribe
shows similarity to those of Maneroo, of
Twofold Bay and of Gippsland;
Class divisions and totems so far
as they can be ascertained corresponded
mainly with those of Maneroo, but
one of the few [?survivors?] claimed to
be a “Yeerung” – the Gippsland totem.
The Snowy River Krautŭn, the Maneroo
Ngarego, the [Twofold Bay - crossed out] Mallagoota
Mŭrrin all intermarried with them
and recognised them as Kin
to themselves; as one of the Kŭrnai put it
the “Bidwelli are half Kŭrnai and half
Brajerak.”

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