Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Rik George writes & draws

The Alpha-Bestiary

W is for Willoughby, 
A wallaby from Wollongong
Who wobbled on stage to warble a song. 
He warbled soft, he warbled loud, 
Then he waltzed, and really wowed the crowd. 
So give three cheers, and three times three, 
For Willoughby the warbling wallaby, 
Willoughby, the waltzing wallaby of Wollongong!

1 comment:

  1. A wallaby is a small kangaroo. Wollongong ("seas of the South" in the Dharawai language -- or maybe "great feast of fish," "hard ground near water," "song of the sea," "sound of the waves," "many snakes," and "five islands") is located 68 km (51 mi) south of Sydney. Matthew Flinders landed in the area in 1796; in 1810 Flinders was the 1st to circumnavigate Australia and identify it as a continent, and he was the most prominent advocate for naming it. Charles Throsby, who arrived in the colony as a surgeon on a convict transport in 1802 (before he explored Bathurst, the Jervis bay, and the Yass and Murrumbidgee river areas), established a stockman's hut near Wollongong in 1815, and the 1st land grants were issued in 1816. A town was gazetted in 1834, and eventually it became the 3rd largest city in New South Wales.


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