Status: Indexed


Mr [A S P?] Cameron kindly made enquiries for me
in the tribe about Mortlake in the Western District
and found that it had the following "classes",
[Crossed out - Krokage = white cockatoo with red] crest
[Crossed out - Kubitcha = Black cockatoo]

[Left margin note] Is this Krokaj?

Krokage = white cockatoo with red crest
Karperap = Pelican

[Krokaje and Karperap are bracketted together]

Kŭbititre = Black cockatoo
Katŭk = Whip snake

[Kŭbititre and Katŭk are bracketted together]

He said that Karperap is "supplementary to Krokaje and
Katuk to Kubititre. Krokaje may marry either Kŭbititre
or Katŭk and Kŭbititre may marry either Krokaje or
Karperap and the children belong to the mothers class."

These are clearly four of the classes given by Mr Dawson,
and it is evident that the "[Kunrokutch?]" we have
"Krokaje" and also that "Krokaje" is a dialectic form of
[crossed out - the] Kroki of the Buandik and Krokitch of the Wotjoballuk
which Kappatch is [Kubitche?] or Gamutch.

The boundaries given by Mr Dawson of the [crossed out - tribal] country
occupied by [crossed out - his] the tribes he describes extend northwards to
Mt William and Ararat and therefore joins to the
country of [crossed out - of the Wotjoballuk or ?] one of the sub divisions of the Wotjoballuk.

[Crossed out - While] The whole "nation" indicated by the community if
class and totems may be said to have extended from
the boundary of the Narrinyeri tribe which was at Lacepede
in the west ^coastwards to somewhere about Colac in the East and
in the north as far as Maryborough: But taking the
word used to designate themselves as "men" then we
find it broken up. "Wotjo" extended over the north west,
"Mara" over the South East while Kuli [Crossed out - n of Kulin] or Guli was
in the Eastern parts, and denote not only a variation
in language but as to Kuli a kindred with a
[orderly?] extended Nation of tribes which occupied
the country to the Eastward of the Wotjovballuk Nation

[Left margin:]
see p 27

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Lacepede Bay, South Australia approximately 140 kilometres northwest of Mount Gambier. Named after the French naturalist, Lacépède by the Baudin expedition of 1800-03.

Wotjoballuk boundary description