[Ads-l] Antedating of "koala"

Hugo hugovk at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 19 11:38:34 UTC 2014

koala (OED: 1808)

"Koolah", 1802, Trove:

Two men who some days since crossed a
part of the Mountains in quest of birds and
native animals, were by chance, presented
with the appearance of a living substance on
one of the extreme branches of a very lofty
tree ; which being inaccessible, reduced them
to the necessity of shaking the creature off,
and killed it by the fall. It proved to be a
very large and handsome Koolah (in appear-
ance resembling the Sloth), of which they
preserved the skin.

Both Koolah and Sloth are italic.

"SYDNEY." The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 -
1842) 2 Sep 1804: 3. Web. 19 Dec 2014 <


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