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* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,:Angus and Robertson , 1971 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Ankota Song, Anonymous , T. G. H. Strehlow (translator), single work poetry (p. 110)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

illus; map; music
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1971 .
      Extent: 775p.
      Description: col. ill., col. map, music
      • Map in pocket inside back cover. Thesis (D. Litt.) from the University of Adelaide. Includes bibliographical references and index. Also available online. On 11 September 2009 title page and contents pages freely available from The University of Adelaide Digital Library at
      ISBN: 0207946574

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