Kangaroo | State Library of New South Wales

The Kangaroo

Europeans' journals and drawings record their first encounters with the kangaroo. How would you describe Australian native animals if you had never seen them before?

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View some early drawings and listen to descriptions of kangaroos

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Take a quiz on the two early accounts of the kangaroo

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Answer some questions about the journals and drawings

Read longer accounts about the kangaroo and other Australian animals


The Kangaroo by Arthur Bowes Smyth 

Detail from The Kangaroo, 1788 by Arthur Bowes Smyth

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  • How do we name and describe things we have never seen before? More
  • What are the differences seen in the two drawings of kangaroos
  • Examine the writing in two diaries from more than 200 years ago
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