Book, 'Bill Baillie: his life and adventures', paper, written by Ellis Rowan, illustrations by Ellis Rowan and Jack Sommers, published by Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, c. 1908
'Bill Baillie His Life and Adventures', published in 1908, was one of the earliest books to accurately depict the distinctive beauty of the West Australian bush. The children's book is about the adventures of Ellis Rowan's own beloved pet Bilboa (also known as the Bilby, the Dalgyte or the Rabbit-Eared Bandicoot (Macrotis lagotis)). Named Bill Baillie by Ellis Rowan, he was given to the artist in 1906 by a local handyman after he was rescued from his mother's pouch, during her third visit to Western Australia.
Bill's story takes place in a variety of locations including the Goldfields area of Western Australia, which is where Ellis Rowan was given Bill Baillie in Goongarrie. The book was reprinted in 1948 as 'Bill Baillie: The Story of a Pet Bilboa'.
Morton-Evans, C. and Morton-Evans, M., 'Bill Baillie finds a home' in Morton-Evans, C. and Morton-Evans, M., The Flower Hunter The remarkable life of Ellis Rowan, (Canberra, 2008), 223 - 233.
Rowan, E. The Flower Hunter (Canberra, 2002).
State Library of Western Australia, Write, Rite, Right, http://www.slwa.wa.gov.au/find/guides/childrens_literature/past_exhibitions/write,_rite,_right, accessed on 24/08/2010.
The Marsupial Society of Australia, Bilby (or Dalgyte), http://www.marsupialsociety.org/bilby.html, accessed on 26/08/2010.
Clare Plascow, volunteer (with Anne-Marie Van de Ven, Curator), September 2010.
Eight colour illustrations by Rowan and numerous black and white drawings by Jack Sommers.
Marian Ellis Rowan (1848-1922)
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