carry, if he killed another it would be given to the second one, and it
was only when he obtained a heavy load that he carried anything himself.
when I speak of these Headman in connection with the tribal (?) I
shall again refer to the henchmen.
The account given of these Headman given by Mr William Thomas
who was the protector of the Blacks in the years (?) , falls into
line with the particulars which have given. I have condensed his state
ment as follows! (1)
"Each tribe had a chief who directs all its movements, and who
wherever he may be, knows well where all the members of the community
are. The chief with the aged men makes arrangements, for the route each
party is to take, when the tribe after one of its periodical meetings
Besides the chiefs they have other eminent men, as warriors
counsellors, doctors, dreamers who are also interpreters, charmers a who
are supposed to be able to bring or to drive rain away, and also to bring
or send away plagues as occasion may require."
Such are Mr. Thomas's statements. He had great opportunities
of pbtaining information, for as he says he was out with them for months";
but it is much to be regretted that he did not more fully avail himself
of his opportunities, or if he did, he failed to record the results withthat detail
which would have been now invaluable.
The Wurrunjeri clan of the Woeworung is a good example of the
lesser tribal divisions, andof their Headmen. In order to make what I
shall say as to it more clear, it is (?) (?) (?) that (?) (?)
(?) (?) (?) (?) (?) it was divided into three parts. One called Kuraje-barring, was subdivied
into those who occupied the country from the Darebin Creek to
the sources of the Plenty River, under their Headman
Bebejern, and those who lived on the east side of the saltwater river up to
Mount Macedon (1) under the Headman Bilibellary. (8). the second division
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