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Australian Legends
by C. W. Peck

"This is a collection of Aboriginal folklore, and stories about Aborigines, primarily from the New South Wales region of Australia, on the southeast coast. Unlike Parker, we know next to nothing about Peck other than the fact that he was a botanical enthusiast. It is fairly certain that at the time he wrote there were very few remaining native Australians in that region. So ...
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Australian Legends

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Overview

Australian Legends
by C. W. Peck

"This is a collection of Aboriginal folklore, and stories about Aborigines, primarily from the New South Wales region of Australia, on the southeast coast. Unlike Parker, we know next to nothing about Peck other than the fact that he was a botanical enthusiast. It is fairly certain that at the time he wrote there were very few remaining native Australians in that region. So his framing story of an aboriginal 'princess' (the Aborigines have no such class distinctions) dropping by his 'tyre' shop seems a bit improbable. His writing ability was far inferior to Parker, and his obsession with the Watarah flower gets a bit tedious. However, the stories related here largely cross-check with other accounts, so folkloric aspects of this book are probably factual. "

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012632821
  • Publisher: Apps Publisher
  • Publication date: 2/9/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 491 KB

Meet the Author

"Not much is known of the author and compiler Charles William Peck. He was born at Woonona, on the New South Wales south coast, in 1875, and raised in the nearby suburb of Thirroul, an area subsequently famous as the residence of D.H. Lawrence for six weeks during the early 1920s whilst writing Kangaroo.

In 1891 Peck was taken on as a student teacher at Thirroul, and in 1896 witnessed the 'coronation' of the local Aboriginal elder Mickey Johnson as 'King of Illawarra' at the Wollongong Show, during the Illawarra region's centennial celebrations. During the latter stages of World War I Peck served with the AIF in Egypt and Palestine. He had signed on in South Australia, where he had been working as a school teacher. Peck eventually attained the rank of 2nd lieutenant in the Education Service."
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