THEN AND NOW No. 4
Extracts from Australian colonial newspapers, with modern links
THEN! A new mode of destroying kangaroos is in vogue at Woorooma (Mr M'Bean's station), Edward River. They first catch a kangaroo, then dress him up in a man's coat firmly secured on him. They now tie a bell securely on the neck of the tripod and take him away early in the morning.
He is then let go in sight of hundreds of kangaroos that are said to be found browsing at sunrise.
He, of course, makes for his friends; the latter cannot make out what is advancing towards them in such unusual attire and with musical honors, so they make off at full speed, followed by their friend, until they exhaust themselves.
They are now easily taken and despatched by the bushmen and dogs.
The plan is worthy of the 'cutest Yankee, and its author is Mr John Colvin, one of Mr M'Bean's supers, who, we submit, is enitled to a gold or other medal for his ingenuity in dealing with the kangaroo, now the chief pests of Riverina.
... AND THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY
I think we've all heard the urban myth about the well-dressed kangaroo. In case you haven't, it goes like this:
KANGAROO JACK (2003)
NOW! Synopsis: A comedy that follows the misadventures of two friends from Brooklyn who are forced to deliver mob money to Australia. While taking pictures of a kangaroo, one of them places his red jacket on it. When the wild kangaroo bounces off, they realize the mob money is in the jacket, and are forced to give chase through the Outback. From HOLLYWOOD.COM
Kangaroo Jack hopped off badly. The San Francisco Examiner film critic Jeffrey M. Anderson wrote: "The two films that left me feeling the most drained, the sickest and the most utterly defeated tie for the Worst of Year  award: The Master of Disguise and Swept Away. As the new year dawns, I've already seen one more that deserves a spot on next year's list: Kangaroo Jack."
From San Mateo (near San Francisco), former Sydney resident Davin Holmes told the Sydney Morning Herald: "Billboards promoting the film are along the major freeways and there are newspaper ads as well. The worst is the trailer, played on TV. My wife and I cringe, especially when 'Jack' starts rapping. And the kangaroo has somehow become a talking kangaroo."
To see a picture of the red-jacketed kangaroo click on PROMO
To see what the well dressed kangaroo should be wearing, click on SALLYANN