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Issue Details: First known date: 1913... 1913 The Magic Button
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Brother and sister, Dot and Dash, acquire a rundown dairy farm and with the help of a magic button transform it into a show place, all except the farm goat - which eats the magic button.


  • Maureen Walsh cites the illustrated headpiece in the Sydney Mail for the first chapter of this story as one of the first appearances of May Gibbs' gumnut babies.
    Source: May Gibbs : Mother of the Gumnuts by Maureen Walsh (Angus and Robertson, 1985 p. 95)

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First known date: 1913
Serialised by: The Sydney Mail 1860-1938 newspaper (1780 issues)
Published in serialised format in the Sydney Mail in eight weekly instalments between 10 December 1913 and 28 January 1914.
Full text links to Trove's list of instalments; please note that some issues might be missing.
Link: Web Resource Sighted: 08/05/2017
Last amended 8 May 2017 16:31:23