HOW THE WARATAH GOT ITS HONEY (Australian Legends) by C. W. Peck

Krubi was the name of the beautiful black girl who became a waratah, and amongst the aborigines of the Burragorang Valley the name is only given to one girl of any tribe, of all its branches; and then only when the mother or the father has been reckoned to be very good looking, and the…

THE FLOOD (Australian Legends) by C. W. Peck

The natives of the head waters of the Murray River, or as it is more correctly called, the Hume River, had a story of a Deluge. Whether this is identical with our Biblical story of the Flood, when Sisit, or Noah, was advised to build an Ark and take animals into it for the preservation…

WHY THE TURTLE HAS NO TAIL (Australian Legends) by C. W. Peck

The Australian aborigines believed that the Milky Way was a “pukkan” or track, along which many spirits of departed blacks travelled to heaven, and that the dark place that we call Magellan’s Cloud was a hole or split that occurred when the universe was frightfully shaken by some mighty upheaval which gave us many of…

THE GREAT RED ENEMY (PICCANINNIES BY ISABEL MAUD PEACOCKE)

One day one of those tiresome picnic parties came again to the bush, and after a great deal of stupid and rather terrifying noise, during which every Piccaninny and Bush Baby and all the other bush folk lay hidden away in utter silence, the people all went away again, and the Wee Folk were free…

HOHERIA BLOSSOM (PICCANINNIES BY ISABEL MAUD PEACOCKE)

Do you know the Lovely Ladies of the Bush? They swing on the tips of the Hoheria tree, with their floating white gowns and tossing silvery ringlets, and are so light and graceful that they float on the wind as they swing. If you could only see the Lovely Ladies dancing! But very few have been lucky…

Bush Babies – KOWHAI BLOSSOM (PICCANINNIES BY ISABEL MAUD PEACOCKE)

The Bush Babies lieIn cradles of gold;They haven’t a stitch,But they never take cold;For the golden flowers,And the golden sun,And the golden smilesUpon everyone—Keep the world warm and brightAnd flooded with lightFor the Bush BabiesIn their cradles of gold. The Bush Babies come out of the kowhai flowers. They are the prettiest little things—fair as…