Dame Edna with possums
Hello Possums!

Hello Possums!’   has long been Dame Edna Everidge’s affectionate greeting to her audience. They are definitely very cute….in their place!

Once  my husband and I awoke  before dawn to the tinkling of glassware and thought a burglar  was making off with our crystal goblets. We peeped into the dining room and there was a ring-tail possum sitting on a little drinks table. It had  entered via the chimney, then leapt gracefully down from the mantelpiece.  We knew that catching it  was not an option; it would simply knock all the  goblets over in a mad panic then…..well who knows what would happen.  Maybe something similar to the scenario below! 😨


Returning to her home from Gundagai on Sunday, Miss D. Sullivan of   ‘Caha’  found her office in a state of chaos. . Curtains were torn, papers strewn all over the room,  pictures broken and lamps smashed. No explanation was forthcoming of all  the disorder, until a search was made to see if anything was missing.

Upon opening a drawer in the writing desk, out sprang a big ring-tailed opossum. The animal evidently fell down the chimney, and in endeavoring to get out, caused the damage.

We decided to open the door onto the decking, shut all the others, and just hope it  would leave  of its own accord. Then we went back to bed.

Next morning I nervously opened the dining room door. Not a thing was  out of place and there was no sign of the visitor. Stranger still, the screen door to the deck had blown shut. ‘We were so  lucky the possum left before that happened’, I told a friend later. ‘Yes, unless of course it shut the door  behind it as it left’, she said.  I like to think that’s what happened.

When one of our  Japanese maples lost its leaves this year I spotted what I thought was a large bird’s nest, very high up. It turned out to be a sleeping ring-tail.

Sleepy ring-tail possum
All curled up.

As dusk came it started to wake up and I was able to get a better shot.

Ring tail possum at Blackheath
Definitely a ring-tail

The only other time I have spotted a possum during the day was when a big eucalypt suddenly fell across the road just outside our fence.  It probably succumbed to white ants. When I went to investigate there was a ring-tail still clinging to its bough. It was  dazed, and completely disoriented, wondering why it was no longer 10 metres above the ground. After a while it recovered and ambled off to find a new home. The pair below chose an abandoned wood stove for their abode.

Possums make home in an old wood burner.
Warm as toast!

Possums have enormous appetites.  If they take a fancy to  rose buds or lemons, or anything else in your garden, you must abandon all hope. Yes, they love apples too. Oh, for heavens sake….I thought I was immune;

Possums have  nibbled our apple!
Yes, the imprint of little possum teeth can be seen on that apple.

Some people put out feeding trays  of  delicious fruits in a vain effort to satisfy the little wretches. Trust me, it doesn’t work.  Enjoy the fruit  salad yourself, because they will still eat your prize produce.

Possums will each anything!
Too many pies, mate!

Did you know that the possum features on our fancy new  $1 and $2 coins?  Fame indeed. The image was inspired by Mem Fox’s best selling children’s book, Possum Magic.

Australian $2 coil featuring possums.
Too sweet to spend…almost!
$1 coin featuring possum
On yer bike young possum!


  1. I have tried several times to comment on your interesting stories and add some Blackheath stories of my own, but have not been able to because the site has timed out. Is there another way to comment?

    • Pauline

      Well your comment has certainly appeared this time, Roslyn. My email address is [email protected] I am always pleased to have guest blogs on the website. I’m glad you enjoy the stories.

  2. Extraordinary creatures! Must admit I’m intrigued by the 1940 story – how on earth did the possum manage to close the drawer behind it???

    • Pauline

      That’s a very good question Ann, to which I have no definitive answer. They are clever little devils though!

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