Our discussion about the Australian Fairy Tale by Carneil raised more questions, and there were some lively divergences:
- the narrative connection to Alice in Wonderland (Kate falls off a dray- Alice falls down the rabbit hole. Both wake up to find it was a dream)
- the lost child theme (As a bush child Kate doesn't seem to feel lost.)
- gender difference. Male fairies epitomize the bushman ethos. Their wives stay home and mend. Suffragette nonsense is not encouraged!
- cabbage tree hats (Interesting TROVE article)