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The Legends of Moonie Jarl


Henry Arthur Readford
May 23, 2011
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The Legends of Moonie Jarl (1964), a collection of stories told by Wilf Reeves and illustrated by Olga Miller, which was published by the small independent publishing house of Jacaranda Press, is the earliest children's book to be written and illustrated by the Indigenous people to whom those stories belong.

We were lucky enough to be invited to Fraser coasts USQ campus for the launch of the new print of this limited second publication of 3000 copies. We also got them signed by Glen Miller the son of Olga Miller. A great day had by all with traditional entertainment and refreshments aswell. Another Family members of Olga's were present including for those who are interested in indigenous art Fiona Foley and elders from the Butchulla.

Above are two links one to a research paper and the other to the new publisher if you want to order a copy. Even though the book is classed as a childrens book it can be seen as indigenous story as some stories were told at ceremonies too, Olga has other books too published and hopefully will be re published. Another piece of interesting news given at the launch the chairman of the Maryborough writers club said they had many of Olgas original stories she wrote which may be published for the first time to public shortly.

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View attachment 19232Photo of the writer and illustrator both deceased and book at op
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View attachment 19234Welcome dance and song before start of launch, It is also done at end as farewell No Goodbye in their language.
View attachment 19235another of 4 dances performed this is about the Brahminy Kite.
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View attachment 19237at the base of this rock is e creation story winding completely around the base
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