K. Langloh Parker - Australian Legendary Tales: Ouyan The Curlew

K. Langloh Parker – Australian Legendary Tales: Ouyan The Curlew

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.


chapter 19 of Australian legendary tales folklore this is a LibriVox recording LibriVox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit librivox.org australian legendary tales folklore by mrs. k langley parker chapter xix who again the curlew beocca the hawk mother of orion the curlew said one day to her son go and take your spears and kill anemia the women and i are hungry you're a man go out and kill that we may eat you must not stay always in the camp like an old woman you must go and hunt as other men do lest the women laugh at you who en took his Spears and went out hunting but though he went far he could not get an emu yet he dare not return to the camp and face the jeers of the women well could they jeer and angry could his mother grow when she was hungry sooner then return empty-handed he would cut some flesh off his own legs and this he decided to do he made a cut in his leg with his combo and as he made it cried aloud UK UK in pain sharper would cut the tongues of the women and deeper would be the wounds they would make if I returned without food for them and crying UK UK at each stroke off his combo he at length cut off a piece of flesh and started towards the camp with it as he neared the camp his mother cried out what have you brought us Orion we star for me to come quickly he came and laid the flesh at her feet saying far did I go and little did I see but there is enough for all tonight tomorrow will I go forth again the women cook the flesh in a turd hungrily afterwards they felt quite ill but thought it must be because they had eaten too hungrily the next day the horrid Orion forth again and again he returned bringing his own flesh back again the women ate hungrily offered and again they felt quite ill then to be agha noticed for the first time that the flesh Orion brought looked different from a mere flesh she asked him what flesh it was he replied what should it be but the flesh of an emu but Biagio was not satisfied and she said to the two women who live with her you tomorrow follow urine see when he gets his flesh the next day the two women followed urine when he went forth to hunt they followed at a good distance that he might not notice that they were following soon they heard him crying as if in pain UK UK UK neuro gay gay when they came near they saw he was cutting the flesh off his own limbs before he discovered that they were watching him back they went to the old woman told her what they had seen sooner hyung came back bringing us usual the flesh with him when he had thrown it down at his mother's feet he went away and laid down as if tired from the chase his mother went up to him and before he had time to cover his mutilated limbs she saw that indeed the story of the women was true angry was she that he had so deceived her and she called loudly for the other two women who came running to her you're right she said too lazy to hunt for Enya he cut off his own flesh not caring that when we unwittingly ate their off we should SiC him let us beat him who did us this wrong the three women seized poor Ian and beat him though he cried aloud in agony when the blows fell on his bleeding legs when the women had satisfied their vengeance be Agha said euro Ian shall have no more flesh on your legs and read shall they be forever red and long and fleshless saying when she went and with her the other women Ian crawled away and hid himself and never again did his mother see him but night after night was to be heard a wailing cry of 4u guay guai bu guay guai which meant my poor red legs my poor red legs but though Oh Ian with the man was never seen again a bird with long thin legs very red in color under the feathers was seen often and heard to cry ever at night even a zoo and the man had cried bouya guay guai bouya guay guai and this bird bears always the name of Ian end of chapter 19


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