The Perth Gazette and Western Australian Journal, Saturday 16 May 1840, page 2, 3

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Mr. Berry said, that at
Shoalhaven the blacks have a dread of evil
spirits, arid have some idea of the transmigra-
tion of souls. they think that they are turned
into fishes, and in that state they can look
after their descendants ; when porpoises have
been rolling up the river, he has been told by
the blacks that they were old chiefs, and one
time he gave very great offence by shooting
at one of them : at Illawarra a black told
him that one time when there was a great
scarcity of provisions, He went to bed very
hungry, and in his sleep his father appeared
to him in a vision, and told him that if he
Went to a particular place in the morning, he
would find something to eat, and upon going
there he found a whale which had been
driven ashore, and upon which he fared
sumptuously, and the way in which the black
accounted for this was, that his father had
assumed the form of a swordfish, and driven
the whale ashore for him.-Launceston Advertiser.

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