Ethel Pedley

Ethel Pedley

Ethel Charlotte Pedley (19 June 18596 August 1898) was an Australian author and musician.

Pedley's most well-known book is Dot and the Kangaroo, which featured a little girl named Dot who becomes lost in the Australian outback, and is helped to find her way back home by a friendly kangaroo. The illustrations were drawn by Frank P. Mahony.

Pedley was a believer in the conservation of the Australian flora and fauna, and usually wrote her books from this perspective, singling out 'man' as disconnected from nature and the rest of the animals.

Ethel's preface to "Dot and the Kangaroo" is as follows:

::To the children of Australia::in the hope of enlisting their sympathies::for the many beautiful, amiable, and frolicsome creatures::of their fair land,::whose extinction, through ruthless destruction,::is being surely accomplished

External links

* [http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A110197b.htm Pedley, Ethel Charlotte (1859 - 1898)] "Australian Dictionary of Biography"
*gutenberg author | id=Ethel_Pedley| name=Ethel Pedley


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