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Australian Legendary Tales


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AUSTRALIAN
LEGENDARY
TALES

COLLECTED·BY·K·LANGLOH·PARKER·





AUSTRALIAN

Legendary Tales


FOLK-LORE OF THE NOONGAHBURRAHS

AS TOLD TO THE PICCANINNIES


COLLECTED BY
Mrs. K. LANGLOH PARKER


WITH INTRODUCTION BY
ANDREW LANG, M.A.


ILLUSTRATIONS BY A NATIVE ARTIST, AND A SPECIMEN
OF THE NATIVE TEXT



LONDON
DAVID NUTT, 270-271, STRAND
MELBOURNE
MELVILLE, MULLEN & SLADE
1896



[All rights reserved]



DEDICATED

TO

PETER HIPPI

KING OF THE NOONGAHBURRAHS



Contents
page
Preface ix
Introduction, by Andrew Lang, M.A. xiii
Dinewan the Emu, and Goomblegubbon the Bustard 1
The Galah, and Oolah the Lizard 6
Bahloo the Moon, and the Daens 8
The Origin of the Narran Lake 11
Gooloo the Magpie, and the Wahroogah 15
The Weeoombeens and the Piggiebillah 19
Bootoolgah the Crane and Goonur the Kangaroo Rat, the Fire Makers 24
Weedah the Mocking Bird 30
The Gwineeboos the Redbreasts 35
Meamei the Seven Sisters 40
The Cookooburrahs and the Goolahgool 47
The Mayamah 50
The Bunbundoolooeys 52
Oongnairwah and Guinarey 55
Narahdarn the Bat 57
Mullyangah the Morning Star 62
Goomblegubbon, Beeargah, and Ouyan 65
Mooregoo the Mopoke, and Bahloo the Moon 68
Ouyan the Curlew 70
Dinewan the Emu, and Wahn the Crows 73
Goolahwilleel the Topknot Pigeons 75
Goonur, the Woman-Doctor 77
Deereeree the Wagtail, and the Rainbow 83
Mooregoo the Mopoke, and Mooninguggahgul the Mosquito Bird 86
Bougoodoogahdah the Rain Bird 90
The Borah of Byamee 94
Bunnyyarl the Flies and Wurrunnunnah the Bees 106
Deegeenboyah the Soldier-Bird 108
Mayrah, the Wind that Blows the Winter Away 115
Wayambeh the Turtle 117
Wirreenun the Rainmaker 120
Native Text of the First Tale (Appendix) 126
Glossary  129


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.


The author died in 1940, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 75 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.