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What, No Wolves Sabrina?
The Australian Women's Weekly
From the inside front cover:
British television star Sabrina cuddles a koala to make her "Cuddle a Koala" song come true during a day's outing we arranged at the Sir Colin McKenzie Sanctuary, at Healesville, Victoria. Our cover and the pictures on pages 8 and 9 are by staff photographer Laurie Kimber.
By FREDA IRVING
Far away in foggy London a woman who has never been to Australia dreamed up a wishful sunny day in the bush Down Under and made it into a song especially for lush blonde Sabrina.
THE imaginative Englishwoman is Irene Devereaux, wife of Australian actor Eddy Devereaux, who produces acts for TV shows and is responsible for Sabrina's repertoire of songs on her Australian Tivoli Theatre tour.
"Cuddle a Koala" is the name of the wishful bush song, which has the curvaceous visitor declaiming:
I wanna cuddle a koala at Taronga Zoo,
I wanna wander through the bush and make some billy tea,
I wanna ride the surf, feel the spray,
I wanna see the Snowy River dam,
But first I'll cuddle that koala, kiss that kangaroo,
I may be Down Under, but I'm on top of the world.
The Australian Women's Weekly decided to play Fairy Godmother and make Sabrina's song wishes come true. Or, at least, most of them.
So on one of Melbourne's bright, sunshiny days we took Sabrina and her ever present Mum, Mrs. Walter Sykes, to the Sir Colin McKenzie Sanctuary at Healesville, and back through the Dandenongs to Belgrave.
During the trip one wish after another came to life for Sabby, as she's rather inelegantly called most times, and by most people.
The trip started when Sabrina drifted out of her South Yarra flat in a gay ink blue-and-white satin cotton off-the-shoulder frock branched out all round over six stiffened petticoats, high splinter-heeled white sandals, AND her three-quarter-inch-long black eyelashes.
She also had with her a hatbox filled with a clothes change, and an oblong make-up box filled mostly with a large mirror.
Languidly she murmured she'd like photographer Laurie Kimber to drive her leopard-skin-lined mauve car with the gold "S" monogram on the two front doors and the purple-and-white Sabrina pennant flying from the side aerial.
Off we set, an hour and a quarter late. From Laurie's first gear change it was one long triumphal tour, with the eye-smacking car and pennant quickly recognised and greeted with waves and wolf-whistles all along the way.
At first stop, Croydon, there was a near riot as schoolchildren, shopkeepers, and others swarmed round the car while the bush picnic lunch was collected.
We thought we were marooned for the day, but eventually Laurie inched the car out of the autograph-demanding crowd to the tune of Sabby wistfully asking for an "ink pen" to sign photographs
Nobody in the "mauve wonder" had one. "Use a ballpoint pen or a pencil, Sabby, dear," practical Mum said crisply.
"I can't. It doesn't show up," said Sabby plaintively. But plenty of fans were quite content with pencil autographs.
Very soon we discovered Sabby has a ravenous appetite, and eats like a horse. A delicately boned racehorse, of course.
By 12.30 p.m. she was hungry. By 1 p.m. she was starving. By 1.30 p.m. she was obviously hungry enough to eat a horse, and look for a second helping.
Luckily, we'd purred into the Sanctuary by that time and the helpful Director, W. R. Gasking, his wife, and spruced-up-to-the nines son Richard greeted us with the glad news that they had a fire going.
So it was rapidly on with the chops, the sausages, the steak, the eggs, and the billy, and into the glowing coals with the potatoes.
Meanwhile Sabby was keeping her hunger at bay with biscuits, butter, cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes.
And then, believe it or not, that 18in. waisted girl disposed of - in rapid succession -two chops, two sausages, a large T-bone steak, and two eggs.
This she washed down with orange drink and, of course, billy tea, and topped it all off with a banana and a mandarin.
There was little conversation from Sabby during the bush lunch.
She paused only for photographs, preceded by a checking of every line of every single blond hair in the fringe frothing round her fair face and big blue eyes in her companion mirror, held ever at the ready by Mum.
After her lunch snack Sabby made us a nice brew of billy tea, of which she approved.
After bringing true Sabby's wishes to "wander through the bush and make some billy tea" and to "eat steak and eggs instead of ham," off we set for her to cuddle a koala
"I wanna . . .
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