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Issue Details: First known date: 2012... 2012 Topsy-Turvy World : How Australian Animals Puzzled Early Explorers
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'To the first Europeans who came to Australia, everything seemed topsy turvy. Christmas was in the summer and trees shed their bark but not their leaves. And the animals were bizarre. There was a bird that laughed like a donkey and a type of greyhound that bound along on its hind legs like a hare. There was an animal in Tasmania whose nocturnal screeches sounded like the devil and a river creature that had a ducks bill at one end and a beavers tail at the other.

'The Europeans had never seen anything like these animals before and gave them names similar to those of the European creatures they already knew. They drew and painted odd pictures of them, showing they did not understand the animals habits. In one illustration, a wombat is standing on its back legs and in another a Tasmanian tiger is wrestling with a platypus of the same size.' (Trove)

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Topsy-turvy World by Kirsty Murray Vicki Stanton , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Buzz Words , October 2012;

— Review of Topsy-Turvy World : How Australian Animals Puzzled Early Explorers Kirsty Murray , 2012 single work information book
Topsy-turvy World by Kirsty Murray Vicki Stanton , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Buzz Words , October 2012;

— Review of Topsy-Turvy World : How Australian Animals Puzzled Early Explorers Kirsty Murray , 2012 single work information book
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