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The following account of one of the ordeals in expiation was
given to me by Berak who was present at it. It was so far as I am able to
fix the time somewhere about the year 1840 and the locality was the
Merri Creek near Melbourne.

It arose out of the belief by the WesternPort tribe
Bunwurung, that a man from Echuca on the Murray River had found a
piece of opossum bone from (?) remembered that he which one of their tribe had been eating and then
thrown away. Taking this bone up between two pieces of wood, a
man had put the piece of opossum bone into its hollow and tieing it to
the end of his spear thrower set this up in the ground and roasted it
before the fire. He and others then sang the name of the Bunwurung man

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