The Bunyip single work   short story   oral history   Indigenous story  
Issue Details: First known date: 1956 1956
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  • Appears in:
    y The Bulletin vol. 77 no. 3978 9 May 1956 Z595639 1956 periodical issue 1956 pg. 23,30
  • Appears in:
    y Black-Feller, White-Feller Roland Robinson , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1958 Z424624 1958 selected work short story Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1958 pg. 124-125
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    y Aboriginal Myths and Legends Roland Robinson , T. G. H. Strehlow , Melbourne : Sun Books , 1966 Z154305 1966 anthology prose dreaming story 'This ... collection of Aboriginal myths is particularly important as the first comprehensive collection to be made. Each story has an introductory note and its mythology explained, and many beautiful Aboriginal drawings are included.' (Backcover). Melbourne : Sun Books , 1977 pg. 208-212
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    y The Oxford Book of Australian Ghost Stories Ken Gelder (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1994 Z356827 1994 anthology short story crime young adult 'Did Australian ghosts suffer from a cultural cringe? Dr Ken Gelder indicates in the introduction to another fascinating OUP anthology that early ghost stories were essentially a "transported genre" that looked back to England as their source. Thus John Lang's well-known story "The Ghost upon the Rail" is based upon a case of murder for post-convict wealth. Gelder argues that Australian ghost stories possess their own ironical flavour, but the gothic tradition has to be resolved in outback locations or deserted mining towns, as in David Rowbotham's "A Schoolie and the Ghost".'

    'Gelder relies heavily on Victorian and Edwardian writers, such as Marcus Clarke, Barbara Baynton and Hume Nisbet, as if unsure as to the nature of contemporary ghosts. It is interesting to see that Australia's science fiction writers, such as Lucy Sussex and Terry Dowling, provide the link between the past and the present. Dowling's "The Daeman Street Ghost-Trap" effectively uses traditional settings to link ghosts with a current horror, namely cancer. Several bunyip stories remind us of a particular Antipodean creature to stand against the assorted European manifestations.'

    (Colin Steele, SF Commentary No 77, p.55).

    Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1994
    pg. 250-251
Last amended 23 Apr 2012
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