Larrikins, Bush Tales and Other Great Australian Stories

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Allen & Unwin, Dec 1, 2014 - Fiction - 320 pages
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 settler's 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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Contents

1 Wide brown land
1
2 Upon the fatal shore
15
3 Plains of promise
41
4 A fair go
67
5 How we travel the land
89
6 Doing it tough
117
7 Home of the weird
143
8 Romancing the swag
163
10 The child in the bush
209
11 Larger than life
235
12 Working for a laugh
261
Sources
283
Bibliography
289
Picture credits
297
Back cover
300
Copyright

9 After the Kellys
183

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