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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

no image available
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
Number of slides
Other related organisations

in stock of William C. Muir, dates unknown

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1887-1914 (item ref. 62)

in stock of Chatham Pexton, 1888

in stock of UK Band of Hope Union, 1891

in stock of E.G. Wood, 1894 (item ref. 1394)

in stock of Wrench & Son, 1898

in stock of Peter Feathers, 1901

in stock of Walter Tyler, 1909 (item ref. 478)

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life model
Main usage of set
Date of first manufacture
Related slide sets

possibly same as The Malle scrub (story: W.C. Hughes, 24 slides, in/before 1888)

see also Sister's love: or, lost in the bush (recitation: Newton & Co., 6 slides, in/before 1899)

People appearing in slides

BAMFORTH, James  (1842-1911) – slides 17-23


The Bamforth catalogue spells the title as 'Malle', and the Riley catalogues use the title Lost in the Australian bush.

The title slide is not listed in the Bamforth catalogue; Bamforth and Riley catalogues give the total of slides as 23. The date is included on the title slide (usually concealed by the bottom binding strip), and is clearly 'July 188.'; the last digit is slightly unclear but appears to be a '7'.


24 slides known to exist in private collection

Subject keyword
Lucerna ID  3002029

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 5 May 2024

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