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Issue Details: First known date: 1910-1919... 1910-1919 Where Fairies Dwell : Tales from Many Lands, Selected and Retold for Young Children
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  • Epigraph: Lyrics of an old song (adapted), 'Through the Ivory Gate and Golden'.
  • Author's note: 'The stories here brought together have come from far and near, and are old as old can be.' (from Introduction)
  • Apart from the sole work with Australian content indexed below, the volume also contains: 'The Three Little Pigs', 'Jack and the Beanstalk', 'The Fisherman and the Flounder', 'The Giant's Cave', 'Aladdin's Lamp', 'Maui: A Maori Myth', 'The Pied Piper', 'Story of the Seven Sisters', 'The Two Travellers', and 'The Midsummer Fairies'.


* Contents derived from the Melbourne, Victoria,:Lothian , 1910-1919 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Magpie and the Children : A Legend of the Blacks, J. T. Gilmour Wallace , single work prose children's Indigenous story

A wicked old woman goes to a camp while the men are hunting and tells the women that there is lots of honey nearby. She says she will look after the children while the women go and collect it. When they are gone, the old woman lures the children into a hollow tree with her delicious cakes and then won't let them go.

The adults of the camp search for the children for days without success, until the kind goanna takes pity on them and uses his magic to free the children. All the children escape except one, who is crushed under the old woman as she falls in the melee. That night, as the old woman sleeps, she is changed into a magpie and flies out through the top of the tree. According to the story 'ever since that time, she has had no love for children, and that is the reason she flies at them every time they come near the tree where she had built her nest.' Further, many Aborigines believe they can hear echoes of the wailing of the lost child in the bush at night.

(p. 22-27)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Lothian , ca. 1910-1919 .
      Extent: 90p. [4] leaves of platesp.
      Description: illus. (b & w)
      • Contains notes about the origins of the tales at rear.
      • Title page note: 'Specially prepared for Elementary Schools.'
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