Great one" who could not come to see me. I went,
and found sitting in [a hut- crossed out] one of the huts, [about - crossed out]
the oldest blackfellow I ever saw. The other Pirrarus
were mostly grey haired and bald but he was so old as
to be almost childish and [he - crossed out] was covered with a grizzly fell of
hair from head to foot. The respect with which he was treated
by the other old men was as marked in them as was
the respect with which they were treated by the younger men.
They told me that he was unable to walk about and
that when they travelled he was carried by some of the
Insert under at A [6A - crossed out]
In the Adjadura tribe the office of Headman was
hereditary from father to son. The Head man [an old - crossed out] a man of probably 60 years of age] who was still living in
[In the Kurnai tribe also living in -crossed out]
1887, and therefore dated back to the settlement of South Australia inherited his authority from his father, and his son
had at the time named already some authority in the
tribe. [The above m The old men of the tribe were unanimous as in their- crossed out]
[statement- crossed out] Other [old - crossed out] men of nearly the same age were all unanimous in confessing their statement as to the Headmanship.
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tribes [wh- crossed out] such as the Dieri, but in this respect their power
was perhaps more marked and their office distinctly hereditary.
Each totem class (1) that is each localised totem had its Headman
called Rupulli. The office was not hereditary but the Rupulli was
[electe- crossed out] chosen by the old men, [but - crossed out] yet here as in other such tribes there seems
to have been a tendency to choose the brother or the son of the dead Headman
as his successor.
[Left hand margin note to explain "Each totem class"]
(1) I use the term
totem class advisedly
in this case because
with the naming in
the totems have become
as was the case with
many of the coast tribes.
(see p. -)
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