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Slide set: The Mallee scrub: a true story of three children who were lost in the Australian bush (recitation: Bamforth & Co., 24 slides, 1887)

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Intro slide
Slide 1
And Johnny, my bairn, take the hatchet with thee
Slide 2
Away went the children, with merry good-bye
Slide 3
Oh! there are the banks of the evergreen broom
Slide 4
With diligent hands and a vigorous will
Slide 5
Then all three together would cross o'er the brook
Slide 6

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Slide 7
But Frankie is sleepy and wants to go home
Slide 8
They crave a short respite from toil
Slide 9
She struggled with Frankie, and he with the broom
Slide 10
Full heavily burden'd, their little limbs ache
Slide 11
Confused and confounded, a moment they stood
Slide 12
Once more they crawled up on a mound
Slide 13
At length worn cut, the little one
Slide 14
Kneel down, brother Johnny, and lift up your hands
Slide 15
They sleep there together, the three little lambs
Slide 16
Oh! wherefore come they not again?
Slide 17
Thank God! here is my ain gude man
Slide 18
The husband laughed and took his hat
Slide 19
With rapid steps, he reached full soon
Slide 20
And darkness fell on baffled hopes
Slide 21
The father watched them as they lay
Slide 22
Wee Frankie's blue and parched lips
Slide 23
Thanks God! here are my ain dear bairns
Slide 14 (rpt)
Eight nights it was the same
Other reference
Walter D. Welford and Henry Sturmey (compilers), The 'indispensable handbook' to the optical lantern: a complete cyclopaedia on the subject of optical lanterns, slides, and accessory apparatus (London: Iliffe & Son, 1888), 296

“An Australian story of two children sent out by their mother to gather firewood. They get lost, are searched for and finally discovered.”

Lucerna ID  3002029

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 15 September 2021

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