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Issue Details: First known date: 1878... 1878 Marsupial Bill
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While illicitly smoking his father's meerschaum, Bill is grabbed by a kangaroo who takes him to court, where he is saved from execution through the intervention of the boss kangaroo's daughter and his own faithful dog. (Stella Lees and Pam Macintyre The Oxford Companion to Australian Children's Literature (1993): 401).

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Queenslander 21 December 1878 Z1270843 1878 newspaper issue 1878 pg. 20 - 22 Section: Christmas Supplement
    Note: Subtitle: 'A Christmas Story'.
    • Brisbane, Queensland,: Gordon and Gotch , 1879 .
      Alternative title: Marsupial Bill, or, The Bad Boy, the Good Dog, and the Old Man Kangaroo
      Extent: 38,[2]p.p.
      Description: illus. (b & w)
      Note/s:
      • Includes 'Note' originally published with the poem in the Queenslander (pp.37-38).
      • Dedication: Respectfully inscribed to Gresley Lukin, Esq.
      • The poem is illustrated with masterly drawings of climactic moments in the story. Often Stephens is lost for words to describe Bill's misdemeanours, and exhorts the artist to reveal the events with his pen. (Stella Lees and Pam Macintyre The Oxford Companion to Australian Children's Literature (1993): 401).
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Convict Once and Other Poems J. Brunton Stephens , Melbourne : George Robertson , 1885 Z131897 1885 selected work poetry Melbourne : George Robertson , 1885 pg. 270-294
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Poetical Works of Brunton Stephens J. Brunton Stephens , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1902 Z404893 1902 selected work poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1902 pg. 146-170
    Note:
    • In two sections.
    • A note at the end of Poetical Works suggests that 'Marsupial Bill' is based on a supposedly true story.
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