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Dorothy Wall (1894–1942)

The Football Match

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Watercolour

Published 13 years before the birth of Blinky Bill, Tommy Bear was the precursor to the everlasting Blinky. In this short story, Tommy Bear is prescribed a holiday in Sydney to ‘have some fun’, which he has with the mischievous Zookies. Influenced by May Gibbs, Wall’s Zookies were drawn in a similar style to the gumnut babies.