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In speaking of the [crossed out - Victorian] tribes of
[crossed out - Victoria] the [south west?] of the State of Victoria

I again 'quote' from the valuable work of the late Mr James Dawson
& [crossed out - as to those tribes of south western] Victoria 6B

[crossed out - Head men] [in circle] [crossed out - Insert at] Ap7

[crossed out - Mr Dawson] who had full opportunities for becoming [acquainted?]
with the cutoms of these tribes [crossed out - south western Victoria], during his
residence in the S W district from the earlier times of settlement.

He says (1) that every tribe had its chief who is looked upon in the
light of a fatherand whose authority is supreme. He consults with
the best men of the tribe, and when he announces his decision
they dare not contaradict [crossed out - him] or disobey him.

If a chief leaves home for a short time he is always accompanied
by a friend and on his return is met by two men who [wandered?]
from his Wuurn (hut). When a tribe is moving from one
part of the country to another: the chief, accompanied by a friend
precedes it and obtain permission from the next chief to pass
before his followers cross the boundary. When approaching a friendly
camp the chief walks at the head of his tribe. A [?] chief
approaching a camp is met at a short distance by the chief
and invited to come and sit down, a fire is made for him
and then he is asked where he has come from, [?] is his
business.

When a chief dies, the best male friend of the deceased is [appointed?]
to take charge of the tribe until when at the next great meeting of the
tribe, the sucessor is decided, the [order?] of the chiefs. The
eldest son is appointed unless there is some good reason for
setting him aside. ?[ing?] him office given him the office goe to the deceased chiefs elda
brother, and his young brothers and then [?] succession,

[row underlined]

All this is entirely in and in principle with [?] I throw & [word crossed out]
do not personally, but in these tribes the [2 words crossed out] [treansmutation?] of [such?] [?] of the
office [?] by the headman appears to be [?] much more [freely?] than in [?] when
[brave?] come and by, [character?], Mr Dawson but such [exceptional?] opportunity of his being [?]
with tribes he describes so that I [ample?] by [?] as [word crossed out].

※ The practice of the Woe worung [crossed out - tribe] will serve
as an example of the [crossed out - Kulin native] tribe [?] from
Kulin nation. [From here insert at ※] For reasons stated elsewhere I [crossed out - do not see] [?] the term 'chief'
[crossed out -use term chief], although [?] [four words crossed out] [?] nothing
Mr Dawson's statements, [crossed out - but aman appointed and less [?] I had]
[crossed out - the term [?] & man], the [?] [?] a [?] [/] a [?] by me.

[?] at ※

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