" It is a good thing that Australians, during
recent years, have taken a vastly increased interest both in the flora and in
the birds of their native land. So far as the birds are concerned, this book
will do much to stimulate that interest. Here is a human story, and an
entertaining story, written by one who has an accurate knowledge of his
For these reasons, and for the sake of our
mates the birds, it is recommended not alone to bird lovers, but to every
Australian who has taken an interest in birds. And how many amongst us have
listened to the mellow fluting of the grey thrush at eve, or the wild, free
piping of magpies at morn, and have remained unmoved? "
Great sentiments taken from a section of an
introduction written by C.J.Dennis ( "the Sentimental Bloke" ) to a book titled
" Mateship with Birds " written by A.H. Chisholm in 1922.
I picked up a copy of this wonderful little
hardback book this week for a reasonable price at a second-hand bookstore in
Brisbane. Does anyone have a copy of it or seen it before?
Chisholm is credited in the book as being " Past
President Queensland Gould League of Birdlovers, Past President Queensland
Naturalists Club, State Hon. Secretary Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union,
Co-Editor Queensland Naturalist, etc."
It's written in a very readable and enjoyable
style and contains some great black and white plates.
I'ts just under two hundred pages and is broken
into two parts. Part 1 is " A Pageant of Spring " and Part 2 is " Biographies of
Birdland ". Chapte 11 is titled " the Paradise Parrot Tragedy ". It appears to
me to be a first edition of 1922.
I think that I've picked up a real
Would love to know a bit more about it and the
Any information available?
Gary Blond :>)