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Issue Details: First known date: 1889... vol. 10 no. 514 21 December 1889 of The Bulletin est. 1880 The Bulletin (Xmas edition)
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  • Caption title : The Xmas Number of The Bulletin


* Contents derived from the 1889 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The 'Ouse that Hi Built ; Or, Harlequin Fee-Fi-Federation and the Fairy Bulletin : A Christmas Pantomime in Four Scenes, Edmund Fisher , single work musical theatre pantomime fantasy satire

A political satire written as a pantomime but for reading only, The 'Ouse that Hi Built, revolves around the characters Sir Airyparks (the Great Hi-Ham of Jobberland); Tincan-Billys (Hi-Ham's rival - with a weakness for He-Bes); The Fairy Bulletin (a great and good genius); Grovel Gnome (a friend having special designs on Jobberland); Yorney, Sorney, Jorney, Horney and Newborny (five foolish princes of Jobberland); Socientania (cupbearer to the princes); and Stella (a mountain nymph in love with Airyparks). Other characters include: Good Fairies, Gnomes, Reptilte, Soldiers, Insects, Aides de-camps etc.

The four scenes are:

Scene 1. A sylvan valley in Jobberland, Elderly Fairies reclining upon heaps of artificial leaves and taking deep draughts of air from goblets of purest pasteboard;

Scene 2. Grovel Gnome's home in the purlieus of Sheol. Toads, worms, snakes, earwigs etc - in which the souls of dead grovellers have found refuge - are crawling, twisting and fooling round a boiling cauldron;

Scene 3. A Forrest in Jobberland. Fairy Bulletin and Stella discovered seated on a log. Stella (still in black tights) is weeping bitterly; and

Scene 4. Transformation Scene, commencing at the Darkest Depths of Ignorance and reaching climax at the Bower of the fairy Bulletin in the land of Dazzling Truth.

(p. 6-7)
Nelly , Ah Chee , single work short story (p. 7)
Kindness to Birdsi"Be kind to the Dicky-bird, study his whims", Hop , single work poetry humour (p. 7)
Quong Hing's Elopement , C. M. Gee , single work short story humour (p. 8)
He Hasn't Been Well Since i"I once knew a man who fell madly in love", single work poetry humour (p. 8)
Jepson's Fortune, Randolph Bedford , single work short story (p. 9-10)
Our Christmas Dayi"We entered on our Christmas sports with hearts assured of fun,", E. Lowe , single work poetry humour (p. 10)
The Ring of Invisibility, Victor J. Daley , single work short story humour (p. 12-13)
An Idyll of Dandalooi"On Western plains, where shade is not,", A. B. Paterson , single work poetry humour (p. 14)
Branded i"Swooning hot mid-summer day,", Jackarandalo , single work poetry (p. 14)
The Priest's Dinner, single work short story (p. 14)
The Scapegoati"We have all of us read how the Israelites fled", A. B. Paterson , single work poetry humour (p. 15)
The Miner's Right : A Tale of Deserted Diggings, Scotty the Wrinkler , single work short story (p. 16)
The Veteran, single work short story (p. 16)
The Warrior's Dream : A Fragment of Australian History , single work short story humour (p. 16)
Flowers for the Dead : An Up-Country Sketch, Francis Adams , single work short story (p. 17)
Clancy of the Overflowi"I had written him a letter which I had, for want of better", A. B. Paterson , single work poetry (p. 17)
The Washerwoman of Jacker's Flat, Edward Dyson , single work short story humour (p. 20-21)
A Great Sini"Postman, it is a sin -", single work poetry humour (p. 21)
A Cup Comedy , single work drama humour (p. 21)

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Last amended 19 Sep 2008 13:58:46