" 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 subject.
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,
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
I think that I've picked up a real
Would love to know a bit more about
it and the author.
Any information available?
Gary Blond :>)