Great Australian Stories: Legends, Yarns and Tall Tales
'Great Australian Stories is true to its title as it wanders from bush track to spooky hollow, follows the path of yowies and bunyips, searches for Lasseter's Reef, meets Dad and Dave and, on a different path, Henny-Penny, and then rambles into the cities where just as many entertaining characters are ready to tell their stories.' - From the foreword by Warren Fahey. Australia has a rich tradition of storytelling that reflects our unique history and experience. Great Australian Stories gathers some of the best of our stories from colonial times to the present, with bush yarns, tall stories, urban myths, and tales of the mysterious and downright weird. With ten new stories, this second edition of the bestselling Great Australian Stories is the most representative collection available of the stories we tell about ourselves. Graham Seal explains where the stories come from, and why even the outright lies reveal a truth of sorts.
Graham Seal is Professor of Folklore at Curtin University, and a leading expert on traditional Australian culture.
ForewordAcknowledgementsIntroduction: Telling tales1 STORIES IN THE HEARTWirreenun the rainmakerMau and MatangUngulla RobunbunOoldea WaterThe woolgrum2 PIONEER TRADITIONSThe lost colonyThe battle that was a massacreThe White Woman of GippslandRaising the Southern CrossThe lost children of the Wimmera3 MAKING MONSTERSThe bunyipYaramas, jarnbahs, jannocks and yowiesAlien catsThe Min Min lights4 LEGENDS ON THE LANDThe man who sold his DreamingNaming placesThe Lone Pine seedlingsThe first dawn serviceLasseter's ReefThe carpet of silverThe dead horse treasureThe silver reefBlack Jack's booty5 THE HAUNTED LANDFisher's ghostThe ghost on old Pinjarrah BridgeA Vice-Regal hauntingThe Black Lady of Mount VictoriaThe Murdering SandhillThe rabbi and the roseate pearlThe ghosts of Garth'Mad Dog' Morgan's ghostThe headless drover6 TALES