on such elevated plateaux were located certain tribes where the elevation
was such within the region of perpetual sun during the winter months, as
[crossed out - but such was the case with the Omeo tribe]: at Omeo in Victoria and
Maneroo in New South Wales: But even in such cases the mountain
tribes usually occupied some of the higher River valleys which [crossed out - lay any?] [prohibit?]
the plateaux from either side, or where the tablelands were inaccessible
during the winter months, [crossed out - in summer] the tribes which claimed them
had their winter quarters in lower lying country.
Thus [crossed out - The Omeo tribe] on the Gippsland side one branch of the Baiaka
clan, the subdivision named [Kŭtbŭru-taura?] or Fire carriers?
whose headquarters were on the Avon River [crossed out - at the] in the [above - and [??]] foothills
bordering the plains, during the summer time ascended the
spur of Mt Wellington where at a height of 5000 ft then reached the
southern edge of [crossed out - the] a plateau now called the Snowy Plains; which extended northward between the deep valley of the Macalister and
Wonangatta Rivers a distance of _____ miles to the Great Dividing
Similarly from the oppposite side the tribe which occupied the
valley of the [crossed out - Upper Ovens River and its tributary the]
Buffalo River ascended during the summer, [crossed out - the latter] then
almost isolated Plateau called the Buffalo Mountain, [crossed out - and the]
and was therefore the distant and hostile neighbour of the Braiaka.
[crossed out beneath - former the ???? tableland now known as the Dargo High Plains.]
Beyond [crossed out - these] and still following the Great Dividing Range to
[crossed out - the] north Eastward lies the vast tableland out of which
at successive elevations rise the sources of the Mitta Mitta
River, known now as the Bogong High Plains, and Omeo.
Here lived formerly a mountain tribe which was divided
into two great local groups. One was the Theddora Mittŭng (1)
occupying the [Cobungra - crossed out] the Mitta Mitta River and its tributaries [from - crossed out] upwards from
about the [Gibbo?] mountain, the Upper Kiewa River and the Ovens River above the Buffalo Mountain, thus being the neighbour of a
number of lowland tribes in the northern half of the Dividing Range, among which was the Buffalo tribe which was
claimed by my Woeworung informant as [the outlying member of the - crossed out] belonging to those who had the ‘names’ (classes) Bunjil and Wang (1)
[Left margin notes]
Mittung = a number
of people; also =
a number, many.
this word particularly appears
in Mitta-Mitta River in
reference to its rise & number
(1) see p.-----p
see also as to the [??] also
of the [??] & Omeo
with some Kurnai
ch us. p.
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