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The quest of the black opals : a tale of adventure in the heart of Australia / by Alexander Macdonald ; illustrated by William Rainey
Bib ID 1818754
Format BookBook
Author
MacDonald, Alexander, 1878-1939
 
Description London : Blackie and Son, 1908 
ix, 352, 16 p., [7] leaves of plates : ill., map ; 19 cm. 
Series

Marcie Muir collection of Australian children's books.

Summary

'Dick Gordon and Jack Meredith, 18 years old and newly arrived in Australia, explore the opal fields from Victoria to the border between south-west Queensland and north-eastern SA. The boys spend all day cycling to the opal fields of White Cliffs in outback heat, without a trace of sunburn or heat exhaustion. Macdonald includes the complete verses of '"Waltzing Matilda", sightings of bunyips, a grand corroboree, and a voyage down the Darling which borders on the burlesque' (Oxford Companion to Australian Children's Literature 271).

Notes

Includes catalogue of books published by Blackie and Son.

For children.

Cited In

Muir, M. A bibliography of Australian children's books, 4452

Subjects Mines and mineral resources -- Juvenile fiction.  |  Race relations - Attitudes.  |  Mining industry - Opal.  |  Stories and motifs - Devils, monsters, evil spirits, hairy men, bunyips.  |  Dance - Recreational - Corroboree.  |  Race relations - Representation - Literature.  |  Literature and stories - Juvenile.  |  Australia -- Juvenile fiction.  |  New South Wales (NSW)  |  Darling River (NSW SH55, SI54)  |  White Cliffs (NW NSW SH54-12)
Form/genre Adventure stories.
Other authors/contributors Rainey, W. (William), 1852-1936  |  Blackie & Son

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