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The Football Matchc. 1919

by Dorothy Wall (1894–1942)

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.