y A Little Bush Maid single work   children's fiction   children's  
Alternative title: A Little Bushmaid
Is part of Billabong Books Mary Grant Bruce 1910-1942 series - author children's fiction (number 1 in series)
Issue Details: First known date: 1905 1905
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'Enjoyed by generations of young Australians since its publication in 1910, A Little Bush Maid is the ultimate, idyllic tale of an adventurous girl growing up in the Australian bush.

'Billabong, a large cattle and sheep property in the Australian countryside, is home to twelve-year-old Norah Linton, her widowed father and her older brother, Jim. Norah's prim and proper aunts, who live in the city, consider she is in danger of "growing up wild" - riding all over Billabong on her beloved pony, Bobs, helping with mustering, and joining in all the holiday fun when Jim and his friends come home from boarding school. A fishing trip results in unexpected drama when they discover a mysterious stranger camped in the bush. Who is this stranger and why is he there? Norah's resourcefulness is tested to the full!' (Publication summary : 2015 edition)

Notes

  • Some imprints have title A Little Bushmaid.
  • Other formats: Also braille; sound recording

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1905
Serialised by: The Leader 1862 periodical (764 issues)
Notes:
'First published between 1905 and 1907 as a serial in the children's pages of Melbourne's Leader newspaper.' ( Robyn Emerson, Requiem for A Little Bush Maid. )

Works about this Work

She Rides Astride : Mateship, Morality and the Outback-Colonial Girl Caroline Campbell , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies , vol. 18 no. 1 2013; (p. 28-39)

'This article focuses on the representation of girlhood, gender and mateship particular to Australia, and to a lesser extent New Zealand, within the context of an emerging nationalism, social change and political upheaval. In it, I apply an illustrator’s perspective to interrogating the cultural significance of Mary Grant Bruce’s iconic outback heroine, Norah of Billabong Station. By comparatively examining Norah’s sequential representation in the narrative text, and the illustrations produced by John MacFarlane, I argue Bruce and her little-known, and rarely discussed immigrant illustrator combined to create an ideal and national type that was counter to anything that had been created for colonial girl readers before.' (Author's abstract)

y Requiem for A Little Bush Maid Robyn Emerson , St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2009 Z1518498 2008 single work criticism
Untitled Laurie Copping , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , February vol. 41 no. 1 1997; (p. 26)

— Review of A Little Bush Maid Mary Grant Bruce 1905 single work children's fiction
Changing Perspectives : The Implied Reader in Australian Children's Literature 1841-1994 H. M. Saxby , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Children's Literature in Education , March vol. 26 no. 1 1995; (p. 25-38)
The Pioneers : Ethel Turner and Mary Grant Bruce John Foster , Maureen Nimon , E. J. Finnis , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Children's Literature : An Exploration of Genre and Theme 1995; (p. 15-34)
Too Jolly by Half Bev Roberts , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 149 1993; (p. 58-60)
The Real Australian Girl? Some Post-Federation Writers for Girls Kerry White , 1993 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Time to Write : Australian Women Writers 1890-1930 1993; (p. 73-87)
Untitled Barbara Ker Wilson , 1992 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 144 1992; (p. 72)
From the Word Go : Books for Younger Readers Meg Sorensen , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 143 1992; (p. 67-69)

— Review of A Little Bush Maid Mary Grant Bruce 1905 single work children's fiction ; Keep Me Company Gillian Rubinstein 1992 single work picture book ; Queen Becky Chris Finkelstein 1992 single work picture book
y Miss Free-and-Easy Versus Prunes and Prisms : The Depiction of Heroines in Some Early Australian Family Stories Kerry White , St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2009 Z797182 1990 single work criticism
How I Became a Writer Mary Grant Bruce , 1986 single work autobiography
— Appears in: The Peculiar Honeymoon and Other Writings 1986; The Penguin Anthology of Australian Women's Writing 1988; (p. 509-513)
Mary Grant Bruce Madeline Buck (interviewer), 1926 single work interview
— Appears in: The Australian Woman's Mirror , 23 November vol. 2 no. 52 1926; (p. 8)
Untitled Laurie Copping , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , February vol. 41 no. 1 1997; (p. 26)

— Review of A Little Bush Maid Mary Grant Bruce 1905 single work children's fiction
From the Word Go : Books for Younger Readers Meg Sorensen , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 143 1992; (p. 67-69)

— Review of A Little Bush Maid Mary Grant Bruce 1905 single work children's fiction ; Keep Me Company Gillian Rubinstein 1992 single work picture book ; Queen Becky Chris Finkelstein 1992 single work picture book
Changing Perspectives : The Implied Reader in Australian Children's Literature 1841-1994 H. M. Saxby , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Children's Literature in Education , March vol. 26 no. 1 1995; (p. 25-38)
y Requiem for A Little Bush Maid Robyn Emerson , St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2009 Z1518498 2008 single work criticism
Mary Grant Bruce Madeline Buck (interviewer), 1926 single work interview
— Appears in: The Australian Woman's Mirror , 23 November vol. 2 no. 52 1926; (p. 8)
Too Jolly by Half Bev Roberts , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 149 1993; (p. 58-60)
The Real Australian Girl? Some Post-Federation Writers for Girls Kerry White , 1993 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Time to Write : Australian Women Writers 1890-1930 1993; (p. 73-87)
Untitled Barbara Ker Wilson , 1992 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 144 1992; (p. 72)
How I Became a Writer Mary Grant Bruce , 1986 single work autobiography
— Appears in: The Peculiar Honeymoon and Other Writings 1986; The Penguin Anthology of Australian Women's Writing 1988; (p. 509-513)
y Miss Free-and-Easy Versus Prunes and Prisms : The Depiction of Heroines in Some Early Australian Family Stories Kerry White , St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2009 Z797182 1990 single work criticism
The Pioneers : Ethel Turner and Mary Grant Bruce John Foster , Maureen Nimon , E. J. Finnis , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Children's Literature : An Exploration of Genre and Theme 1995; (p. 15-34)
She Rides Astride : Mateship, Morality and the Outback-Colonial Girl Caroline Campbell , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies , vol. 18 no. 1 2013; (p. 28-39)

'This article focuses on the representation of girlhood, gender and mateship particular to Australia, and to a lesser extent New Zealand, within the context of an emerging nationalism, social change and political upheaval. In it, I apply an illustrator’s perspective to interrogating the cultural significance of Mary Grant Bruce’s iconic outback heroine, Norah of Billabong Station. By comparatively examining Norah’s sequential representation in the narrative text, and the illustrations produced by John MacFarlane, I argue Bruce and her little-known, and rarely discussed immigrant illustrator combined to create an ideal and national type that was counter to anything that had been created for colonial girl readers before.' (Author's abstract)

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