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Issue Details: First known date: 1876... 1876 The Bunyip
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In the time before Queensland was a State, the narrator, a 'new chum', joins Steve the Poacher, a convict released to a sheep station, on a duck-hunting outing. This story about an encounter with an imaginary bunyip is a charming study of the colonial vernacular, for example: 'skeared' [scared], 'ketched' [caught], 'summut' [something], 'airthquake' [earthquake].

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    y separately published work icon A Child's Corner Book : Stories for Boys and Girls Richard Rowe , London Edinburgh : W. P. Nimmo , 1876 Z1436646 1876 selected work children's fiction children's

    The author introduces this book as a collection of 'a few of the papers I have contributed to various magazines for youngsters and grown-up people'. He goes on to say that '[c]hildren are the best judges of books for children ; and, therefore, when I write for them, I am very glad if I can get a child's criticism on what I have written before I print it' (from preface: 'To My Young Readers').

    One of the adventures in this volume concerns Rowe's visit to Australia in the 1850s.

    London Edinburgh : W. P. Nimmo , 1876
    pg. 181-187
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  • Illawarra, South Coast, New South Wales,
  • Darling Downs, Queensland,
  • Moreton Bay, Brisbane - South East, Brisbane, Queensland,
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