K. Langloh Parker - Australian Legendary Tales: Mayrah, The Wind That Blows The Winter Away

K. Langloh Parker – Australian Legendary Tales: Mayrah, The Wind That Blows The Winter Away

Catherine Eliza Somerville Stow (May 1, 1856 – March 27, 1940), who wrote as K. Langloh Parker, was a South Australian born writer who lived in northern New South Wales in the late nineteenth century.

She is best known for recording the stories of the Ualarai around her. Her testimony is one of the best accounts of the beliefs and stories of an Aboriginal people in north-west New South Wales at that time. However, her accounts reflect European attitudes of the time.

Parker was born Catherine Eliza Somerville Field at Encounter Bay, in South Australia, daughter of Henry Field, pastoralist, and his wife Sophia, daughter of Rev. Ridgway Newland.Henry Field established Marra station near Wilcannia on the Darling River in New South Wales, and ‘Katie’ was raised there. The relocation brought the family both prosperity and sorrows. In an incident that took place in January 1862, her sisters Jane and Henrietta drowned while Katie was rescued by her Ualarai nurse, Miola. In recognition, Miola was taken in to be schooled together with the Field’s other children. The family moved back to Adelaide in 1872.

In 1875, on reaching her maturity at 18, she married her first husband, Langloh Parker, 16 years her senior. In 1879 they and moved to his property, Bangate Station, near Angledool, on Ualarai lands by the Narran River. Langloh Parker’s holdings consisted of 215,000 acres running some 100,000 sheep and cattle. He found time also to work as magistrate at Walgett. Over the following two decades she collected many of the Ualarai stories and legends which were to fill her books and make her famous. After drought struck the region, the station eventually failed and the Parkers moved to Sydney in 1901, where Langloh was diagnosed with cancer, dying two years later. Katie travelled to England and married a lawyer, Percival Randolph Stow (son of Randolph Isham Stow), in 1905. The couple eventually returned to Australia, taking up residence in the suburb of Glenelg in Adelaide until her death in 1940.

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chapter 29 of Australian legendary tales folklore this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit librivox.org australian legendary tales folklore by mrs. Kay lang low Parker chapter xxix Mayer the wind that blows the winter away at the beginning of winter the iguana's hide themselves in their homes in the sand the Black Eagle hawks go into their nests the garbha Lee or shingle backs hide themselves in little logs to speak enough to hold them the iguanas dig a long way into the Seine and cover up the passage behind them as they go along they all stay in their winter homes until my rainbows the winter away my wrath first blows up a thunderstorm when the iguana's hear the Thunder they know the spring is not far off so they begin making a passage to go out again but they do not leave their winter home until the curry cream Queen or butcher birds sing all day almost without ceasing gore bore bore bore then they know that Mara has really blown the winter away for the birds are beginning to pair and build their nests so they open their eyes and come out on the green earth again and when the black fellows here the keurig win Queens singing gorg aw they know that they can go out and find iguanas again and find them flatter than when they went away with the coming of winter then to will they find bigger billa's hurrying along to get away from their young ones which they had buried in the sand and looked to shift for themselves for no longer can they carry them as the spines of the young ones begin to prick them in their pouch so they leave and hurry away that they may not hear their cry they know they shall meet them again later on when they are grown big then as Mara softly bows the flowers one by one open and the bees come out again together honey every bird wears his gaze perma'd and since he swayed a song to attract the mate and in pairs they go to build their nests and still Mara softly blows until the land is one upon T then ye the son choices Oh back when she came and the flowers droop and the birds sing only in the early morning the year rules in the land until the storms are over and have cooled him and winter takes his place to be blown away again by Mara beloved of all and the bringer of Plenty end of chapter 29

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