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Issue Details: First known date: 1946... 1946 The Cookabundy Chronicles : The Bunyip of Barney's Elbow
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Alternative title: The Bunyip of Barney's Elbow
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Bulletin vol. 67 no. 3457 15 May 1946 Z605317 1946 periodical issue 1946 pg. 7, 24
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    y separately published work icon Coast to Coast : Australian Stories 1946 M. Barnard Eldershaw (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1947 Z370313 1947 periodical issue short story Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1947 pg. 185-201
    Note: With title: The Bunyip of Barney's Elbow
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    y separately published work icon The Bunyip of Barney's Elbow Brian James , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1956 Z89051 1956 selected work short story humour Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1956 pg. 1-13
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    y separately published work icon The Big Burn : Short Stories Brian James , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1965 Z88353 1965 selected work short story Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1965 pg. 115-125
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    y separately published work icon My Country : Australian Poetry and Short Stories, Two Hundred Years Leonie Kramer (editor), Sydney : Lansdowne , 1985 Z1067493 1985 anthology poetry short story Sydney : Lansdowne , 1985 pg. 140-149
    Note: With title: The Bunyip of Barney's Elbow
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    y separately published work icon The Oxford Book of Australian Ghost Stories Ken Gelder (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1994 Z356827 1994 anthology short story crime young adult 'Did Australian ghosts suffer from a cultural cringe? Dr Ken Gelder indicates in the introduction to another fascinating OUP anthology that early ghost stories were essentially a "transported genre" that looked back to England as their source. Thus John Lang's well-known story "The Ghost upon the Rail" is based upon a case of murder for post-convict wealth. Gelder argues that Australian ghost stories possess their own ironical flavour, but the gothic tradition has to be resolved in outback locations or deserted mining towns, as in David Rowbotham's "A Schoolie and the Ghost".'

    'Gelder relies heavily on Victorian and Edwardian writers, such as Marcus Clarke, Barbara Baynton and Hume Nisbet, as if unsure as to the nature of contemporary ghosts. It is interesting to see that Australia's science fiction writers, such as Lucy Sussex and Terry Dowling, provide the link between the past and the present. Dowling's "The Daeman Street Ghost-Trap" effectively uses traditional settings to link ghosts with a current horror, namely cancer. Several bunyip stories remind us of a particular Antipodean creature to stand against the assorted European manifestations.'

    (Colin Steele, SF Commentary No 77, p.55).


    Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1994
    pg. 220-229
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