THE FIRST GYMEA OR GIGANTIC LILY (Australian Legends) by C. W. Peck

One of the most wonderful of Australian flowers is the New South Wales variety of Gymea or Gigantic Lily (Doryanthes excelsa). This huge red bloom of ours is, as its variety name implies, the most gorgeous of the Doryanthes genus in this country. The legend the natives have about it is as follows:- One still,…

THE FIRST WARATAH (Australian Legends) by C. W. Peck

Why did the early arrivals in Australia imagine that the aborigines had no folk-lore, no legends, hardly any manners, habits and customs? Is it that they really had none, or that the blacks were merely incomprehensible? I think it was the latter. Australia had much of country to be explored difficult country-on the Coast cool…

PRELUDE. A PRINCESS (Australian Legends) by C. W. Peck

In a little settlement for aborigines not far from Sydney lives the last full-blooded person of the once-powerful Cammary Tribe. She lives in the past. The present has no lure for her, and very little interest. She has to eat and she has to sleep and she has to dress. She looks for no pleasure,…

CLEMATIS (PICCANINNIES BY ISABEL MAUD PEACOCKE)

f course fashions change, and no one need be surprised to find that crimson kilts were soon “out,” while the Piccaninny girls were to be seen walking about in pretty little white, frilly petticoats made out of clematis blossoms, and sun hats of the same flowers. The hats were rather silly, because the Piccaninnies lived…

PICCANINNIES BY ISABEL MAUD PEACOCKE

PICCANINNIES If your heart is pure, and your eyes are clear, And you come the one right day of the year, And eat of the fruit of the Magic Tree The wee Bush Folk you will surely see. In the green and woody places, Thickets shady, sunlit spaces, Have you never heard us calling, When…