y The Milky Way : Marlindi Story of Arnhem Land single work   prose   dreaming story  
Alternative title: The Milky Way
Note: Text and illustrations by Narritjan Maymuru as told to Ted Egan.
Issue Details: First known date: 1978 1978
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The Aboriginal legend of how the Milky Way was created.


  • For 6-8 year old children to follow the story as they listen to the recorded reading, and for 9-10 year olds to read independently.
  • Includes one poem, separately indexed.


* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich , 1978 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Milky Wayi"if you look into the sky at night", Ted Egan , 1978 single work poetry (p. 1)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y North of the Ten Commandments : A Collection of Northern Territory Literature David Headon (editor), Rydalmere : Hodder and Stoughton , 1991 Z54431 1991 anthology poetry short story prose correspondence extract

    'The writers and story-tellers included in this collection relate an important, even epic tale. They tell a story which in 1988 (white Australia's bicentennial year) rarely received attention because, while it tells of courage and love, it also focuses on killing and conquest, eccentricity and madness, and a land as hostile and murderous as it could be gentle and caring...' (Source: Preface)

    Rydalmere : Hodder and Stoughton , 1991
    pg. 5-7
    Note: Author's painting is reproduced in black and white on p6.
Last amended 20 Feb 2013
  • Arnhem Land, Top End, Northern Territory,
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