Saturday, 17 November 2012
Snarls From the Tea-tree looks at Victorian big cat reports
The Australian big cat phenomena gets the academic treatment from David Waldron and Simon Townsend, who have penned an examination of Victorian reports in their new book Snarls From the Tea-tree: Victoria's Big Cat Folklore.
Check out the book blurb:
Big cat scares have for generations haunted Victorians; stories of stock killed, claims of paw-prints left behind, rumours of 'beast' attacks only breeding the 'myth'.
Often there was a large local response, with massive bushland hunts that focused on the notion of escaped lions, tigers or other big cats.
The 'myth' of the big cat has evolved over time, but relates closely to Australia's engagement with its environment.
Waldron and Townsend study this big cat folklore evolution across Victoria.