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Larrikins, Bush Tales and Other Great Australian Stories

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Yarns, legends, myths, jokes and anecdotes are our national lifeblood. The home-grown and borrowed tales, told and re-told over generations, offer an insight into the larger national story of which every Australian has a part. Was Breaker Morant the Gatton murderer? What happened to Sniffling Jimmy and Black Mary? We revisit some of the most colourful characters in Australia's past, and the stories that have grown around them. We go looking for the real illywhacker and find out what happened after the execution of our most famous outlaw, Ned Kelly. It takes a certain character to make a living in the Australian bush. In the most difficult situations, laughter often comes to the rescue. Here are pioneers and battlers, convicts and settlers' children, and a land that tests them with fire, flood and drought, all in stories resonant with Australia's distinctive wry humour. Dip into Larrikins, Bush Tales and Other Great Australian Stories for a taste of Australia's rich history and traditions.
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The Great Australian storyscapeAcknowledgements1 WIDE BROWN LANDEaglehawk and CrowGreat floodsFirestick farming'The landscape looked like a park'Captain Cook's LawThe corners2 UPON THE FATAL SHORELeaden heartsThe RingThe melancholy death of Captain LoganThe Convict's Tour to Hell'Make it hours instead of days'Captain of the pushThe Prince of Pickpockets3 PLAINS OF PROMISE'I was not expected to survive'The town that drownedWine and witchesPhantoms of the landfall lightTragedy on Lizard IslandWho was Billy Barlow?The temple of skullsChimney Sweeps' DayThe dragon of Big Gold Mountain WCFearful4 A FAIR GOBlack MaryThe Tambaroora lineMatesA glorious spreeThe Greenhide Push waltzes MatildaThe Bunuba resistanceThe bagman's gazetteHomes of hope5 HOW WE TRAVEL THE LANDRangers and rouseaboutsThe swagman's unionThe oozlum birdThe Tea and Sugar TrainThe black stumpThe rise and fall of Cobb & Co.The Long PaddockThe real Red Dog6 DOING IT TOUGHDepending on the harvest'Women of the West'Cures!A seasonal guide to weather and wivesBackyard brainwaves WCWC Sugar bag nationHappy ValleysSergeant SmallThe farmer's will7 HOME OF THE WEIRDCurious discoveriesThe marble manWas Breaker Morant the Gatton murderer?Vanishing vesselsYearning for yowies8 ROMANCING THE SWAGLore of the trackSniffling JimmyThe poetic swaggie'There you have the Australian swag'A swagman's deathWhere the angel tarboys flyBowyang Bill and the cocky farmerThe Mad Eight9 AFTER THE KELLYSThe sagaA Glenrowan letter'I thought it was a circus'A death in ForbesLiving legendsThe stranger10 THE CHILD IN THE BUSHThe beanstalk in the bushForgotten nursery rhymesThe lost boys of DaylesfordFairies in the paddockSurviving Black Jack11 LARGER THAN LIFEThe fate of Captain CadellThe FenianThe last bushrangerLawson's peopleThe Coo-ee LadyAustralia's first Hollywood starA vision splendidThe illywacker12 WORKING FOR A LAUGHDroving in a barA fine team of bullocksA stump speechWorking on the railwayService!High-octane travelRailway birdsRechtub klatThe Garbos' ChristmasA Christmas messageTotal eclipse of communicationThe laws of working lifeSomebody else's jobThe basic work survival guideTwelve things you'll never hear an employee tell the bossExcessive absenceRunning naked with the bullsDoing businessThe end of a perfect daySourcesBibliographyPicture credits

About the Author

Graham Seal is the author of many books about Australian history and culture, including the bestselling Great Australian Stories and Great Anzac Stories. His These Few Lines: The Lost Lives of Myra and William Sykes won the National Biography Award.

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