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Size: 3" x 5"
Copyrighted: 1893
Lithographer: Kaufmann & Strauss

Australia - boomerang throwing, kangaroo, rabbit hunting

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AUSTRALIA, which only forty years ago was a penal colony, since that time has risen to be a great commercial power. The native Bushman has been driven far inland, and the march of civilization has built up many beautiful cities and villages The white inhabitants are for the greater part of English extraction. They possess therefore most of the characteristics of the English race, but are freer and more rough and ready.
Their sports and games are many, being the best adapted from civilized nations for a temperate climate. In cricket, boating and boxing, few nations are their superiors.
The Boomerang is an invention of the native Australian. It is used as a missile and is a flat curved piece of wood, which when held by one end and thrown, moves in a curve and can be made to return to the place from which it started. It is used both as a weapon by the natives and as an aid to sport.
Kangaroos and rabbits infest the land. Both the natives and the farmers are adepts in hunting them. The farmers institute Kangaroo and Rabbit Drives. They gather in numbers with droves of native dogs and scour a large circle of territory, closing in on their prey, many of which are killed, while those which escape, flee from the neighborhood. The natives employ the boomerang in killing kangaroos and rabbits.
The natives employ the branches of certain trees as a primitive merry-go-round. On these, attaching ropes, they swing round and round.
Fishing and hunting are the inevitable sports of the Australian whose waters abound in fish and whose jungles afford excellent game for the sportsmen.

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