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Great Australian Stories


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Foreword Acknowledgements Introduction: Telling tales 1 STORIES IN THE HEART Wirreenun the rainmaker Mau and Matang Ungulla Robunbun Ooldea Water The woolgrum 2 PIONEER TRADITIONS The lost colony The battle that was a massacre The White Woman of Gippsland Raising the Southern Cross The lost children of the Wimmera 3 MAKING MONSTERS The bunyip Yaramas, jarnbahs, jannocks and yowies Alien cats The Min Min lights 4 LEGENDS ON THE LAND The man who sold his Dreaming Naming places The Lone Pine seedlings The first dawn service Lasseter's Reef The carpet of silver The dead horse treasure The silver reef Black Jack's booty 5 THE HAUNTED LAND Fisher's ghost The ghost on old Pinjarrah Bridge A Vice-Regal haunting The Black Lady of Mount Victoria The Murdering Sandhill The rabbi and the roseate pearl The ghosts of Garth 'Mad Dog' Morgan's ghost The headless drover 6 TALES OF WONDER Henny-Penny The witch's tale 7 BULLDUST What a hide! The split dog Drop bears Hoop snakes Giant mozzies Dinkum! The exploding dunny The well-dressed roo Loaded animals The blackout babies The Head The sex life of an electron Do not break the chain 8 HEROES Wungala and the wulgaru Aftermath of the Eureka Stockade Ben Hall Thunderbolt Grace Bussell Diggers Sportsmen Racehorses 9 CHARACTERS The drongo Snuffler Oldfield Tom Doyle The widow Reilly's pigs Dad, Dave and Mabel Cousin Jacks Tom'n'oplas Jacky Bindi-i Jimmy Ah Foo Corny Kenna Three blokes at a pub The smarter soldier Taken for a ride 10 HARD CASES The cocky Hungry Tyson Ninety the Glutton Galloping Jones The Eulo Queen Dopers Wheelbarrow Jack The jilted bride Long Jack The world's greatest whinger 11 WORKING PEOPLE Crooked Mick and the Speewah Slow trains Bushies The wharfie's reply The union dog The Dimboola Cat Farm A farmer's lament The little red hen The airline steward's revenge The boss Picture credits Sources and selected references

About the Author

Graham Seal is Professor of Folklore at Curtin University, and a leading expert on traditional Australian culture.

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