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Book - Rene Henri & George Arnold, 'Toby presents Ali, Oigle & Toitle: A Tale of the Northern Territory', Hudson, 1955 Document Reg. No: HT 24208

Children's book 'Toby presents Ali, Oigle and Toitle: A Tale of the Northern Territory' written by R. Henri & G. Arnold. Published in Sydney by Hudson in 1955. The book is aimed at children between the ages of two and ten and is a moral tale.

Toby is a wise old Aboriginal man who oversees the adventures of Ali the crocodile, Oigle the eagle and Toitle, the turtle. Their adventures are illustrated by George Arnold mostly in black and white, but occasionally in colour. The book concludes with Toby administering the following advice: 'You are now all as wise as I am - you have learned your lesson: You've learned just too mind your own business and be satisfied. Don't show off and try to do better than anyone else.' The story may have been drawn from first hand experiences of crocodile hunting in the Northern Territory. In 1952 Rene Henri was president of the Australian Crocodile Shooters' and Big Game Club in Melbourne and interestingly, in the book, Ali the crocodile is chased by a crocodile hunter.
Children's story book. On the cover there is a backdrop of blue sky and rocky outcrops. There is a tall aboriginal man, with white hair, holding a pipe on the left hand side. On the right hand side a dog, an eagle and a tortoise, stand on a cliff. There is text in red and blue.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 178 mm (Height), 250 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: aboriginal depictions, literature, hunting, childhood, cultural stereotypes
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Cultural Diversity Collection, Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2011-2021, Objects & Cultural Stereotypes in Museum Victoria Collections
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity
Tertiary Classification: stereotypes
Author: Rene Henri, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1955
Illustrator: George Arnold, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1955
Publisher: Hudson Publishing, Newstead, Victoria, Australia, 1955
References: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article23177422

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