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Ethel Pedley's photograph from the author page of Dot and the Kangaroo.
|Born||Ethel Charlotte Pedley
19 June 1859
Acton, London, England
|Died||6 August 1898
Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Cause of death||Cancer|
|Resting place||Waverly Cemetery, Bronte, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Alma mater||Royal Academy of Music (1882)|
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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
- Pedley, Ethel Charlotte (1859 - 1898) Australian Dictionary of Biography
- Works by Ethel C. Pedley at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Ethel Pedley at Internet Archive
- Works by Ethel Pedley at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)
- Ethel Pedley at Find a Grave
- Obituary in The Sydney Morning Herald 8 August 1898. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
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