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Originally appearing in Volume V11, Page 352 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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AUSTRALIAN OPOSSUM.—SiZe 16X8 in. Is a totally different nature of fur to the American. Although it has wool and top hair, 352 the latter is so sparse and fine that the coat may be considered as one of close even wool. The colour varies according to the district of origin, from a blue grey to yellow with reddish tones. Those from the neighbourhood of Sydney are light clear blue, while those from Victoria are dark iron grey and stronger in the wool. These animals are most prolific and evidently increasing in numbers. Their fur is pretty, warm and as yet inexpensive, and is useful for rugs, coat linings, stoles, muffs, trimmings and perambulator aprons. The worst coloured ones are frequently dyed black and brown. The most pleasing natural grey come from Adelaide. The reddest are the cheapest. Value 3;d. to 3s. 6d.

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