Great Australian Stories

Legends, yarns and tall tales

Graham Seal
AUD $22.99
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From pioneer tales to urban myths, folklore expert Graham Seal has gathered some of the best Australian stories from around the country. Tall tales and true, these are the stories we tell ourselves over and over again.

'Great Australian Stories is true to its title as it wanders from bush track to spooky hollow, follows the path of yowies and bunyips, searches for Lasseter's Reef, meets Dad and Dave and, on a different path, Henny-Penny, and then rambles into the cities where just as many entertaining characters are ready to tell their stories.' - From the foreword by Warren Fahey

Australia has a rich tradition of storytelling that reflects our unique history and experience. Great Australian Stories gathers some of the best of our stories from colonial times to the present, with bush yarns, tall stories, urban myths, and tales of the mysterious and downright weird.

With ten new stories, this second edition of the bestselling Great Australian Stories is the most representative collection available of the stories we tell about ourselves. Graham Seal explains where the stories come from, and why even the outright lies reveal a truth of sorts.

Author bio:

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

Category: Literature & literary studies
ISBN: 9781742374734
Edition No: 2nd
Table Of Contents: 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
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: December 2011
Page Extent: 312
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Anthologies (non-poetry)

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