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THE TRIBAL ORGANISATION

Collins, in his account of the establishment of the colony of New South Wales, says that a certain native named Bennil-long claimed the island of Me-mel (now known as Goat Island), close by Sydney Cove, as his own property, and that


FIG. 6.—ONE OK THE KRAUATUNGALUNG CLAN OF THE KURNAI TRIBE.

it had been his father's. He likewise spoke of other persons who possessed this kind of hereditary property.

The Kurnai extended to Cape Everard, where the Ben-kurnai, that is the people who lived at the Ben River (Sydenham Inlet), were the most easterly of the tribe and