According to Philip Jones, writing in an article entitled 'They Still Call Australia' (published in The Age, 4 March 2006), The Bunyip and the Satellite was based on Frank Dalby Davison's childrens' novel Children of the Dark People.
First produced at the National Theatre, Eastern Hill, Melbourne on 27 December 1957. Subsequently produced at the Independent Theatre, Sydney in May 1958.
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yChildren of the Dark People : An Australian Story for Young FolkFrank Dalby Davison,
Sydney:Angus and Robertson,1936Z8484161936single work children's fiction children's Set 'in the days before the coming of the white man', this is the story of Jackadgery and Nimmitybelle, two children 'who wander lost in the bush and have many curious magical experiences before they come safely home again' (M. Barnard Eldershaw, Frank Dalby Davison, p. 71). They are chased by a witchdoctor named Adaminaby, and 'befriended by the good spirits of the bush: the Spirit of the Billabong, Grandfather Gumtree, the Spirit of the Mist, Mickatharra, the Brumby Boy, and others. Finally they meet Old Mr Bunyip who leads them back home' (Oxford Companion to Australian Children's Literature 93).