a cockatoo

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Its furnishings were of the utmost simplicity―two home-made tables, a somewhat rickety wooden food-safe, and a cockatoo perch on which a white cockatoo screamed and talked through the hottest daylight hours.

(T. G. H. Strehlow, Journey to Horseshoe Bend)

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long leather coats

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The trip teased this unknown out even further with an unscheduled stop in what was then the USSR, where they had to get off and expose their luggage to two femme fatales in long black leather coats who, it seemed, just wanted to have a look at everybody’s stuff, in anticipation of the wild western Russia that was soon to come.

(Dave Graney, 1001 Australian Nights, ‘Across the world’)

Sybylla Melvyn’s two rows of teeth, any XX-guinea set turned out on a gold plate by a fashionable dentist

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Lifting my skirt at either side, I bowed several times very low in what I called my stage bow, and called into requisition my stage smile, which displayed two rows of teeth as white and perfect as any XX-guinea set turned out on a gold plate by a fashionable dentist.

(Miles Franklin, My Brilliant Career, ch. 11)

a patch of grass marking the spot of the Fitzgerald Hotel, formerly Tattersall’s

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The platform Hugo spoke from was meant to be outside the Fitzgerald Hotel, formerly Tattersall’s. The historical bin on the street gave a spiel on it, but the hotel was nowhere to be seen. Then I realised it’d been demolished a few years ago; the patch of green grass marked its spot.

(Nathan Hobby, ‘Research trip to Northam’)