Book ‘Bill Baillie: his life and adventures’ by Ellis Rowan

Made by The Specialty Press Ltd in 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 Wes...


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

Book by Ellis Rowan titled 'Bill Baillie: his life and adventures'. The book is bound in a grey hardcover and comprises 159 pages. The book contains 16 chapters with eight colour illustrations and numerous black and white drawings. The cover features the title 'Bill Baillie', the author's name and a silhouette of a Bilby (or Macrotis lagotis) in an Australian desert setting, sitting on its hind quarters with its body in profile and its head facing straight on, before a yellow moon.


183 mm
255 mm
21 mm


Eight colour illustrations by Rowan and numerous black and white drawings by Jack Sommers.

Marian Ellis Rowan (1848-1922)

Marian Ellis Rowan biography:
The Specialty Press Ltd c.1908


Gift of Jennifer Sanders, 2010
30 November, 2010

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