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Some Myths & Legends Of The Australian Aborigines
by W. J. Thomas

The Story of the Seven Sisters and the Faithful Lovers
A Legend of the Sacred Bullroarer
Giant Kangaroos
The Great Fight
The Flying Chip
Why the Whale Spouts, the Starfish is Ragged, and the Native Bear has Strong Arms
A Legend of the Great Flood
How the Stars Were Made: Rolla-Mano and the Evening Star
Why the Crow is Black
Why Flying Foxes Hang from Trees: A Legend of the Striped-Tail Lizard
Why Blackfellows Never Travel Alone: A Legend of the Wallaroo and Willy-Wagtail
How the Kangaroo Got a Long Tail, and the Wombat a Flat Forehead
Why the Emu has Short Wings and the Native Companion a Harsh Voice
How the Sun was Made: Dawn, Noontide and Night
Thugine, the Rainbow and the Wandering Boys
Mirragan, the Fisherman: A Tale of the Wollandilly River, Whambeyan and Jenolan Caves
How Fire was Stolen from the Red-Crested Cockatoo
Why the Fish-Hawk was Driven to the Sea
How the Native Bear Lost His Tail

About the Author:

“William Jenkyn Thomas was the first Head Master of the Aberdare Intermediate School. He was born in Llangywer on the banks of Llyn Tegid, Merionethshire on 5th July 1870 but when he was a child, the family moved a few miles down the lake to Plas Madog, Llanuwchllyn.

He attended Friars School, Bangor (established in 1557, this was one of the ancient endowed Welsh grammar schools), and went up to Cambridge in 1888, having matriculated as a sizar. He graduated with a B.A. in the classical tripos eventually attaining his M.A. in 1896.

He was a lecturer at the university in Bangor from 1891 to 1896, and took up his post in Aberdare in 1896 at the age of 26 which is quite remarkable by present day conventions. In 1905, he was appointed headmaster at Hackney Downs School in London, remaining in this post until his retirement in 1935. He was married to Marian Dixon and had two sons. His wife died in 1936; WJT outlived her by twenty-three years.”

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