Seven Little Australians

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"Everyone fetched some offering to lay at Judy's shrine for a keepsake"

SEVEN LITTLE
AUSTRALIANS

 

By
ETHEL TURNER

(MRS. CURLEWISS)
Author of "The Family at Misrule," "The Little Larrikins," etc.

 

Illustrated by J. Macfarlane

 

WARD, LOCK & CO., LIMITED
LONDON, MELBOURNE AND TORONTO
1912




To
MY MOTHER




TO MY READERS

My Publishers have asked me to add a preface to this sixteenth edition of my first book. What is it I should say?

Suppose you knew a child—not a well-behaved one by any means; just a rough little everyday boy with tousled hair and ungramattical tongue. And suppose this lad in some way introduced you to a wide circle of valued and delightful friends and set your feet in the path of a career that brought you, not only good fortune but many gratifications of an innocent vanity. The probabilities are that you would feel very kindly to such a youngster and would not investigate too closely his actual merits.

That, at any rate, is my attitude to "Seven Little Australians," and in reading it over I have preferred to allow some imperfections to remain, rather than to alter them, just as I should refrain from too sedulous an endeavour to correct the faults of the well-meaning tousled little person whose good offices I have imagined above.

"Ethel Turner."

Mosman,
Sydney,
February, 1912




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