The Magic Button single work   children's fiction   children's  
Issue Details: First known date: 1913 1913
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Brother and sister, Dot and Dash, acquire a rundown dairy farm and with the help of a magic button transform it into a show place, all except the farm goat - which eats the magic button.


  • Maureen Walsh cites the illustrated headpiece in the Sydney Mail for the first chapter of this story as one of the first appearances of May Gibbs' gumnut babies.
    Source: May Gibbs : Mother of the Gumnuts by Maureen Walsh (Angus and Robertson, 1985 p. 95)

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First known date: 1913
Serialised by: The Sydney Mail 1860-1938 newspaper (1426 issues)
Published in serialised format in the Sydney Mail in eight weekly instalments between 10 December 1913 and 28 January 1914.
Last amended 29 Oct 2008