Australian Legends (Forgotten Books)

 
9781605060897: Australian Legends (Forgotten Books)

Book Description:

"This is a collection of Aboriginal folklore, and stories about Aborigines, primarily from the New South Wales region of Australia, on the southeast coast. Unlike Parker, we know next to nothing about Peck other than the fact that he was a botanical enthusiast. It is fairly certain that at the time he wrote there were very few remaining native Australians in that region. So his framing story of an aboriginal 'princess' (the Aborigines have no such class distinctions) dropping by his 'tyre' shop seems a bit improbable. His writing ability was far inferior to Parker, and his obsession with the Watarah flower gets a bit tedious. However, the stories related here largely cross-check with other accounts, so folkloric aspects of this book are probably factual. " (Quote from sacred-texts.com)

Table of Contents:

Publisher’s Preface; Prelude.; A Royal visit; The First Waratah; The First Gymea Or Gigantic Lily; Why The Turtle Has No Tail; The Flood; How The Waratah Got Its Honey; Why The Sun Sets; What The Moon Is; How The White Waratah Became Red; How The Sky Was Lifted Up; The First Kangaroo; The Second Kangaroo Story; The Struggle For Supremacy Between Birds And Animals.; The Dianella Berry; How The Pistils Of The Waratah Became Firm; What Makes The Waves; The First Bush Fire; Why Leaves Fall; At Low Tide; The Bubbling Spring; The Salt Lakes; Shooting Stars; Why The Petiole Of The Waratah Is Long.; Why The Waratah Is Firm.; The First Crayfish; The Clinging Koala; The Smilax; A Star Legend; A Bird Legend; Two Waratah Legends; Another Legend; Mist And A Fringe Flower; Mulgani; The Legend Of The Pleiades; The Black Satin; The Aborigines; Endnotes

About the Publisher:

Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, Esoteric and Mythology. www.forgottenbooks.org

Forgotten Books is about sharing information, not about making money. All books are priced at wholesale prices. We are also the only publisher we know of to print in large sans-serif font, which is proven to make the text easier to read and put less strain on your eyes.

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About the Author:

About the Author:

"Not much is known of the author and compiler Charles William Peck. He was born at Woonona, on the New South Wales south coast, in 1875, and raised in the nearby suburb of Thirroul, an area subsequently famous as the residence of D.H. Lawrence for six weeks during the early 1920s whilst writing Kangaroo.

In 1891 Peck was taken on as a student teacher at Thirroul, and in 1896 witnessed the 'coronation' of the local Aboriginal elder Mickey Johnson as 'King of Illawarra' at the Wollongong Show, during the Illawarra region's centennial celebrations. During the latter stages of World War I Peck served with the AIF in Egypt and Palestine. He had signed on in South Australia, where he had been working as a school teacher. Peck eventually attained the rank of 2nd lieutenant in the Education Service." (Quote from michaelorgan.org.au)

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