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Peeps At Many Lands: Australia   By: (1874-1960)

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PEEPS AT MANY LANDS

AUSTRALIA

[Illustration: THE NOMAD OF THE AUSTRALIAN INTERIOR]

[Illustration: KANGAROO HUNTING. PAGE 47.]

PEEPS AT MANY LANDS AUSTRALIA

BY

FRANK FOX

WITH TWELVE FULL PAGE ILLUSTRATIONS IN COLOUR

BY

PERCY F. S. SPENCE, ETC.

LONDON ADAM AND CHARLES BLACK 1911

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I PAGE AUSTRALIA, ITS BEGINNING 1

CHAPTER II AUSTRALIA OF TO DAY 15

CHAPTER III THE NATIVES 33

CHAPTER IV THE ANIMALS AND BIRDS 46

CHAPTER V THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH 63

CHAPTER VI THE AUSTRALIAN CHILD 73

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

KANGAROO HUNTING Frontispiece

FACING PAGE SNOWY MOUNTAINS NEAR THE SITE OF THE FEDERAL CAPITAL viii

THE BARRIER OF THE BLUE MOUNTAINS 9

THE GARDEN STREETS OF ADELAIDE 16

COLLINS STREET, MELBOURNE 25

THE TOWN HALL, SYDNEY 32

AUSTRALIAN NATIVES IN CAPTAIN COOK'S TIME 41

THE AUSTRALIAN FOREST AT NIGHT "MOONING" OPOSSUMS 48

A SHEEP DROVER 57

A HUT IN THE BUSH 64

SURF BATHING SHOOTING THE BREAKERS 73

AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN RIDING TO SCHOOL 80

THE NOMAD OF THE AUSTRALIAN INTERIOR On the cover

Sketch Map of Australia on pages vi and vii.

[Illustration: Map of Australia]

[Illustration: KOOKABURRAS. Page 59.]

[Illustration: SNOWY MOUNTAINS NEAR THE SITE OF THE FEDERAL CAPITAL. PAGE 25.]

AUSTRALIA

CHAPTER I

ITS BEGINNING

A "Sleeping Beauty" land The coming of the English Early explorations The resourceful Australian.

The fairy story of the Sleeping Beauty might have been thought out by someone having Australia in his mind. She was the Sleeping Beauty among the lands of the earth a great continent, delicately beautiful in her natural features, wonderfully rich in wealth of soil and of mine, left for many, many centuries hidden away from the life of civilization, finally to be wakened to happiness by the courage and daring of English sailors, who, though not Princes nor even knights in title, were as noble and as bold as any hero of a fairy tale.

How Australia came to be in her curious isolated position in the very beginning is not quite clear. The story of some of the continents is told in their rocks almost as clearly as though written in books. But Australia is very, very old as a continent much older than Europe or America or Asia and its story is a little blurred and uncertain partly for that reason.

Look at the map and see its shape something like that of a pancake with a big bite out of the north eastern corner. In the very old days Australia was joined to those islands on the north the East Indies and through them to Asia; but it was countless ages ago, for the animals and the plants of Australia have not the least resemblance to those of Asia. They represent a class quite distinct in themselves. That proves that for a very long time there has been no land connection between Australia and Asia; if there had been, the types of flower and of beasts would be more nearly kindred. There would be tigers and elephants in Australia and emus in Asia, and the kangaroo and other marsupials would probably have disappeared. The marsupial, it may be explained, is one of the mammalian order, which carries its young about in a pouch for a long time after they are born. With such parental devotion, the marsupials would have little chance of surviving in any country where there were carnivorous animals to hunt them down; but Australia, with the exception of a very few dingoes, had no such animals, so the marsupials survived there whilst vanishing from all other parts of the earth... Continue reading book >>




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