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Complete Book of Australian Folklore by Bill Scott

Complete Book of Australian Folklore by Bill Scott

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Complete Book of Australian Folklore

Compiled and annotated by Bill Scott

Ure Smith, 1976, ISBN 0725403381, black and white photographs and illustrations, black and white illustrated frontispiece, large hardcover, dustjacket

Very Good Condition, some edge and shelf wear, some rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, no inscriptions; dustjacket clear contacted to cover (see photographs)

“The influences that shaped our folk lore, the songs, stories and poems, and through them the way we see ourselves – our Australian character – can be traced from the early days of settlement.  Using material written at the time, this book looks at the history that shaped our tradition – the initial struggle for survival, the sufferings of the convicts, the isolation from all that was familiar, the distances tramped from one job to the next, the necessity for “sticking together” which formed the code of mateship, the struggles of the squatters and the free selectors, the excitement of the gold rushes and the hardships of the diggers, and especially the daring exploits of the bushrangers.”

 

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