When Berenice and her husband, Bern, began breeding Australian Cattle Dogs she spent many hours researching the history of the breed which had been developed with Dingo infusion.
Back in September 2015 I wrote a blog titled Word of Advice to New Dingo Researchers http://dingolady.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/word-of-advice-to-new-dingo-researchers.html.
Since then I have come across two upsetting books about the Dingo that astounded me are still popping up. I must emphasise that these are NOT recommended reading material. I am highlighting them here so we can be aware they may still be floating around.
The first is titled Dingoes by Colin Bednall published in 1967. It was part of the Life in Australia series. This book was in Berenice’s collection and had been sent to her by a society member in 1997. The lady found it on a table of “withdrawn” books at a school fete and felt it had to be removed. I know that was 20 years ago but I was shocked that, even at that time so much had already been achieved to gain support for the dingo, that this book was in a school library.
I didn’t check all libraries but at least the NSW State Library copy is stored onsite at the Mitchell Library and not generally available for loan. It is also classified as JUVEILLE literature.