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Menindie, 27 November 1860.

Original item held at the State Library of Victoria, SLV MS13071, Box 2083/4, Item #7.
Victorian Exploring Expedition Records, Correspondence.
Ludwig Becker; Letter "C" to the Exploration Committee, dated Menindie 27 November 1860. H16196.

 

This letter accompanied Becker's Fourth Report along with this letter, this note and this note and three sketches. It was posted in Menindee on 27 November 1860 and was received in Melbourne on 10 December 1860.

  © La Trobe Collection, State Library of Victoria - www.slv.vic.gov.au 26. Meteor seen by me on Oct. 11t. at 10h 35m
  © La Trobe Collection, State Library of Victoria - www.slv.vic.gov.au 27. Parasite found in the arm-pit of Gecko no. II
  © La Trobe Collection, State Library of Victoria - www.slv.vic.gov.au 29. Nenma, native word for shells.

 

27th November 1860.
Menindie.
" C "

Yaam-song (Corroberee song).

Lower Murray
" I am with the white people,
But all my tribe in the camp at home,
And I am living with the white people;
And I am amongst other Blacks,
And can not understand their speaking!
Wheregara was my country,
But I am covering my self with the blanket now,
And I am not covered with the opossum rug,
And I can not make it: .
Can not get the opossum to make the rug,
I am with the white people now
And I can not go to my home yet!
I can not get married to my color,
Being now with the white people;
And if I want to marry my color,
I must go home-
And if I marry to my color
And if I go to another country,
With the white people,
And leave behind my lubra,
Perhaps white people take her
And give her to another Black,
And this I do not like 'Ugh!

 
     

Anaruka-song (Creek song).

Note: Anaruka is the word for creek but often given as a name to girls. There is a truly poetical conception in the double meaning of this word. Wallwallim (name of a Blackfellow) sings:

'Anaruka! you must be quick, come down,
'I can not waitfor you long;
'No man can waitfor you long
'I am going to sleep. (to die).

Darling Depôt, Nov 27. 1860 Ludwig Becker

 
     
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