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Ethel Turner

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(1870–1958)

was born in Yorkshire, the second child of G. W. Burwell, who died within two years of her birth. Her mother's second marriage was to Henry Turner, whose name ...

Turner, Ethel

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The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature (2 ed.)

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2005
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..., Ethel ( 1870–1958 ) was born in Yorkshire, the second child of G. W. Burwell , who died within two years of her birth. Her mother's second marriage was to Henry Turner , whose name was adopted by Ethel and her sister Lilian (see Turner , Lilian ) but who also died young. In 1880 Mrs Turner with her three daughters left for Sydney, where she married Charles Cope , a clerk in the NSW public service. While still in her teens Ethel, with Lilian, edited a schoolgirls' magazine, Iris , which was superseded by the Parthenon and which stimulated...

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Kenneth Morgan

Dictionary Plus Literature

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..., Ethel ( 1872–1958 ) An English-born Australian novelist and children’s fiction writer . Her best-known work is the children’s novel Seven Little Australians ( 1894 ), which is about a family with seven children growing up in Australia. One of her last works was Judy and Punch ( 1928 ), which was made into a feature film in Australia in 1939 as well as a television series in the United Kingdom ( 1953 ) and Australia ( 1973 ). Kenneth...

TURNER, Ethel S.

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The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature (2 ed.)

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2015
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Literature, Children's literature studies
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486 words

...Shaw’s Pygmalion ( 1912 ). Of the many more stories that Ethel Turner wrote, two were about the Woolcot family whose adventures first made her international reputation: Little Mother Meg ( 1902 ) and Judy and Punch ( 1902 ). Ethel Turner married in 1896 Herbert Raine Curlewis, a Sydney lawyer who became a notable judge with a reputation for rebuking counsel for any misuse of English. They had two children, with whom they toured Europe just before the First World War; Ethel Turner’s impressions of the tour were published as Ports and Happy Havens ...

Turner, Ethel Mary

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The Oxford Companion to Australian History

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2003
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History, Regional and National History
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212 words

..., Ethel Mary ( 1870–1958 ), novelist, migrated to Sydney with her mother and sisters in 1879 . While at high school she established a magazine, which was followed by the Parthenon , produced with her sister Lillian . For three years Turner wrote the children's page for this publication, and the stories show a developing authorial voice. She later wrote the children's section of the Illustrated Sydney News and contributed to the Bulletin while working on larger projects, one of which was Seven Little Australians ( 1894 ). This immensely popular...

Turner, Ethel Sibyl Mary Burnwell

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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2006
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Literature, Children's literature studies
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..., Ethel Sibyl Mary Burnwell ( 1872–1958 ), founding mother of Australian children's literature and author of the pivotal novel Seven Little Australians ( 1894 ). Turner was born in Britain and emigrated to Sydney as a child with her mother and sisters. She attended Sydney Girls' High School, where she was a classmate of Louise Mack , and published Seven Little Australians when she was twenty- two. Turner's originality in Seven Little Australians lies in her evocation of life in the suburbs and in her depiction of Australian children, who manifest the...

Ethel Turner

Ethel Turner  

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(1870–1958)was born in Yorkshire, the second child of G. W. Burwell, who died within two years of her birth. Her mother's second marriage was to Henry Turner, whose name ...
Lilian Turner

Lilian Turner  

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(1867–1956),born Yorkshire, England, came to Australia in 1881. With her better-known sister, Ethel Turner, she edited the schoolgirl magazines Iris and Parthenon, and similarly wrote extensively for ...
Jean Curlewis

Jean Curlewis  

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(1899–1930),collaborated with her mother, Ethel Turner, in The Sunshine Family: A Book of Nonsense for Girls and Boys (1923); she also wrote five books for children and edited the ...
Seven Little Australians

Seven Little Australians  

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A children's novel by Ethel Turner, was first published in 1894. The novel centres on the Woolcott family, who live in a large, rambling house on the Parramatta River, nicknamed ...
Joe Turner's Come and Gone

Joe Turner's Come and Gone  

A: August Wilson Pf: 1986, New Haven, Connecticut Pb: 1988 G: Com. in 2 acts S: Boarding house in Pittsburgh, 1911 C: 5m, 4f, 2 children (1m, 1f)Seth Holly, a northern black in his early fifties, ...
Melbourne Review

Melbourne Review   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature (2 ed.)

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2005
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Literature
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59 words

...Review , a quarterly magazine which ran 1876–85 , was modelled on the English magazines Contemporary Review and Fortnightly Review . Edited by H. G. Turner , later assisted by A. P. Martin and Alexander Sutherland , the magazine attracted contributions from such writers as G. B. Barton , Marcus Clarke , Sir Henry Parkes , Catherine Spence , David Syme , Ethel Turner and Jessie Couvreur...

Australian Town and Country Journal

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The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature (2 ed.)

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2005
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Literature
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71 words

...), Walter J. Jeffery ( 1893–1906 ) and A. B. Paterson ( 1907–8 ). The weekly companion of the Evening News , it provided a constant publication outlet for Australian writers for half a century. Among its best-known contributors were Henry Kendall , ‘Louis’ Becke , Ethel Turner , Henry Lawson and ‘ Rolf Boldrewood...

Joe Turner's Come and Gone

Joe Turner's Come and Gone (1988)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2004
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160 words

...Turner's Come and Gone ( 1988 ) , a play by August Wilson . [ Ethel Barrymore Theatre , 105 perf.; NYDCC Award.] At a boardinghouse in Pittsburgh in 1911 , the intense African‐American Herald Loomis ( Delroy Lindo ) appears with his young daughter, claiming that he has escaped from the Mississippi bounty hunter Joe Turner and is seeking his wife who ran off ten years ago. After paying a dollar to a white “people finder,” Loomis is reunited with his wife ( Angela Bassett ) who has become a religious fanatic. To wash himself “in the blood of the Lord” and...

Turner, Lilian

Turner, Lilian (1867–1956)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
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175 words

..., Lilian ( 1867–1956 ), born Yorkshire, England, came to Australia in 1881 . With her better-known sister, Ethel Turner , she edited the schoolgirl magazines Iris and Parthenon , and similarly wrote extensively for children. Her first book, The Lights of Sydney ( 1896 ), won first prize in Cassell's novel competition in 1894 , and she published a further twenty novels for children 1902–31 as well as a book of short stories, Written Down ( 1912 ). Her novels, written for the older teenager, reflect Australian middle-class life and concentrate on...

Hole, Quentin

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
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109 words

.... How to Demolish a Monster ( 1981 ) depicts static human figures against a lush tropical background. Dancing Phoebe and the Famous Mumblegum Piano ( 1987 ) has Phoebe triumphing as a ballerina. Hole was responsible for the design of the 1973 television adaptation of Ethel Turner ’s Seven Little Australians . Stella Lees and Pam...

Parramatta

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The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature (2 ed.)

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2005
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Literature
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198 words

...settled in the area, including John Macarthur , whose home, Elizabeth House, is still standing. The area has figured frequently in Australian historical fiction and is the background to Mary Gaunt 's novel As the Whirlwind Passeth ( 1923 ), Ethel Turner 's novel Seven Little Australians ( 1894 ), Ethel Anderson 's short stories At Parramatta ( 1956 ), David Ireland 's novel The Glass Canoe ( 1976 ), and part of Donald Horne 's autobiography, The Education of Young Donald ( 1967 ). James Jervis wrote The Cradle City of Australia: A History...

Gouldthorpe, Peter

Gouldthorpe, Peter   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
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154 words

...painter, portraitist, and designer whose visual imagery adds complexity and layers of meaning to his own and other people's narratives. His striking linocuts illustrate Jonah and the Manly Ferry ( 1983 ), which he also wrote; Walking to School ( 1988 ), a poem by Ethel Turner ; Hist! , a poem by C. J. Dennis ; and The Wonder Thing ( 1995 ), by Libby Hathorn . First Light ( 1993 ), by Gary Crew , winner of the 1994 Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year Award, interprets the story of a father-son relationship...

Curlewis, Jean

Curlewis, Jean (1899–1930)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
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133 words

...Jean ( 1899–1930 ), collaborated with her mother, Ethel Turner , in The Sunshine Family: A Book of Nonsense for Girls and Boys ( 1923 ); she also wrote five books for children and edited the children's column of the Daily Telegraph before her early death from tuberculosis. A more romantic and less humorous writer than her mother, she made Sydney's beaches and waterways the setting of several of her novels. In The Ship That Never Set Sail ( 1921 ), a representative Curlewis novel, Sydney Harbour suggests to the heroine the romance and adventure...

Bruce, Minnie Grant ‘Mary’

Bruce, Minnie Grant ‘Mary’ (1878–1958)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Australian History

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
History, Regional and National History
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153 words

...including a book of Aboriginal legends, The Stone Axe of Burkamukk ( 1922 ). Critical studies of her have been made by Alison Alexander in the biography Billabong's Author (1979) and Brenda Niall in her comparative study of the fictional worlds of Bruce and Ethel Turner , Seven Little Billabongs (1979) . Kim...

Bruce, Mary Grant

Bruce, Mary Grant (1878–1958)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
676 words

...and at Bexhillon-Sea in Sussex until 1939 , when they again settled in Victoria. In 1949 George Bruce died, and in 1954 Mary, visiting England for the centenary of her publisher, Ward, Lock & Company (whose ‘stable’ had also included her contemporary and competitor, Ethel Turner ) moved once more to Bexhill, where her last years were spent. In all, Mary Grant Bruce published thirty-seven children's novels 1910–42 , usually at the rate of one a year; a book of Aboriginal legends, The Stone Age of Burkamukk ( 1922 ); a collection of radio talks, ...

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