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Colonial Australian Popular Fiction Digital Archive
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Source: Nathan Hobby. 'Katharine Susannah Prichard’s The Pioneers, redux part 1'
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Source: Good Reads
y The Pioneers single work   novel   historical fiction  
Issue Details: First known date: 1915 1915
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'This endearing 19th-century family saga follows the lives, loves and losses of one pioneering family and two escaped convicts as they open up the land in Victoria, Australia. This classic Australian story, which won the Hodder & Stoughton All Empire Literature Prize for Australasia, commands an important place in the canon of Australian literature' (Monsoon Books edition).

Adaptations

form y The Pioneers Franklyn Barrett , Australia : 1916 Z1876216 1916 single work film/TV

This early adaptation of Katherine Susannah Pritchard's novel (published only the preceding year) is one of Australia's 'lost films': only a fragment, described by the NSFA as showing 'a woman with her head tied in a scarf crouching behind a log and aiming a rifle', remains.

The film appeared at a time of heightened nationalism: an advertisment for a screening at the Strand Theatre, for example, reads:

'Drovers! Cattle Dealers! Bush-rangers! Pioneers! Roustabouts! "Pub" Keepers! Bushgirls! ALL combine in presenting early Australian life as it actually was. [...] It tells of those intrepid men and women who, in spite of tremendous hardships, carved their homes out of the Virgin Bush. They were THE MEN WHO MADE AUSTRALIA. Their sons, the Anzacs, coming from this hardy stock, are now, by their glorious deeds, ringing the name "Australia" throughout the entire world.'

Source: The Brisbane Courier, Wednesday 18 October 1916, p.2.

form y The Pioneers Lottie Lyell , Australia : Australasian Films Master Pictures , 1926 Z1876178 1926 single work film/TV

This story of a settler and his wife living in the Gippsland bush, the second film to have been made of Pritchard's novel in the ten years since its publication, is one of Australia's 'lost films'.

According to the Camperdown Chronicle (Tuesday 29 June 1926, p.4):

'When Katharine Susannah Prichard won the 1000 pounds offered by Hodder and Stoughton for a prize novel, she incidentally furnished the screen with a vivid and realistic pictorial version of the struggles and hardships of the early pioneers who laid the foundations of the Australia of to-day. "The Pioneers" which has been described by the New York "Bookview" as a truthful picture of the time it depicts, has been filmed in the cattle country on the North Coast of New South Wales and under the guidance of Director Longford--remembered for his production of "The Sentimental Bloke," the atmosphere of this typical Australian story has been transferred in all its realistic detail to the silver sheet.'

Notes

  • Other formats: Also braille.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Hodder and Stoughton , 1915 .
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      Colonial Australian Popular Fiction Digital Archive
      Extent: 320p.p.
      Written as: K. S. Prichard
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      G. H. Doran , 1916 .
      Extent: 320p.
    • Adelaide, South Australia,: Rigby , 1963 .
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      Source: Nathan Hobby. 'Katharine Susannah Prichard’s The Pioneers, redux part 1'
      Extent: 255p.
    • c
      Singapore,
      c
      Southeast Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
      :
      Monsoon Books , 2011 .
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      Source: Good Reads
      Extent: 272p.
      ISBN: 9810848803
Alternative title: Pionererne : roman
Language: Danish

Works about this Work

Kathy Come Home : The Dubious Cartographies of a Young Novelist Richard Nile , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Story / Telling 2001; (p. 223-232)
Katharine Susannah Prichard: `She Did What She Could' Sandra Burchill , 1993 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Time to Write : Australian Women Writers 1890-1930 1993; (p. 139-161)
The Apprentice Years I Jack Beasley , 1993 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: A Gallop of Fire : Katharine Susannah Prichard: on Guard for Humanity : a Study of Creative Personality 1993; (p. 29-41)
Katharine Susannah Prichard : A Relunctant Daughter of Mark Twain Ric Throssell , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , Winter vol. 3 no. 2 1989; (p. 89-93)
y The Literature of Gippsland : The Social and Historical Context of Early Writings, With Bibliography Patrick Morgan , Churchill : Centre for Gippsland Studies , 1983 Z402968 1983 single work criticism biography
Katharine Susannah Prichard Interviewed Tony Thomas (interviewer), 1967 single work interview
— Appears in: Critic The , 3 October vol. 8 no. 3 1967; (p. 55-56)
Australian Reprints Nancy Keesing , 1964 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 24 no. 1 1964; (p. 65-67)

— Review of The Pioneers Katharine Susannah Prichard 1915 single work novel ; Capricornia : A Novel Xavier Herbert 1938 single work novel
Germinal Works Peter Ward , 1963 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May vol. 2 no. 7 1963; (p. 117)

— Review of The Pioneers Katharine Susannah Prichard 1915 single work novel
Katharine Susannah Prichard Nettie Palmer , 1926 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian Woman's Mirror , 27 July vol. 2 no. 35 1926; (p. 11, 54)
Untitled 1915 single work review
— Appears in: The Queenslander , 13 November 1915; (p. 3)

— Review of The Isle of Palms : A Story of Adventure Charles Barrett 1915 single work children's fiction ; The Pioneers Katharine Susannah Prichard 1915 single work novel
Untitled 1915 single work review
— Appears in: The Bookfellow , 15 October 1915;

— Review of The Pioneers Katharine Susannah Prichard 1915 single work novel
Untitled 1915 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 14 October vol. 36 no. 1861 1915; (p. 2)

— Review of The Pioneers Katharine Susannah Prichard 1915 single work novel
Untitled 1915 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 9 September 1915; (p. 302)

— Review of The Pioneers Katharine Susannah Prichard 1915 single work novel
Untitled 1915 single work review
— Appears in: The Queenslander , 13 November 1915; (p. 3)

— Review of The Isle of Palms : A Story of Adventure Charles Barrett 1915 single work children's fiction ; The Pioneers Katharine Susannah Prichard 1915 single work novel
Untitled 1915 single work review
— Appears in: The Bookfellow , 15 October 1915;

— Review of The Pioneers Katharine Susannah Prichard 1915 single work novel
Untitled 1915 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 14 October vol. 36 no. 1861 1915; (p. 2)

— Review of The Pioneers Katharine Susannah Prichard 1915 single work novel
Untitled 1915 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 9 September 1915; (p. 302)

— Review of The Pioneers Katharine Susannah Prichard 1915 single work novel
Germinal Works Peter Ward , 1963 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May vol. 2 no. 7 1963; (p. 117)

— Review of The Pioneers Katharine Susannah Prichard 1915 single work novel
Australian Reprints Nancy Keesing , 1964 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 24 no. 1 1964; (p. 65-67)

— Review of The Pioneers Katharine Susannah Prichard 1915 single work novel ; Capricornia : A Novel Xavier Herbert 1938 single work novel
Katharine Susannah Prichard Nettie Palmer , 1926 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian Woman's Mirror , 27 July vol. 2 no. 35 1926; (p. 11, 54)
Kathy Come Home : The Dubious Cartographies of a Young Novelist Richard Nile , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Story / Telling 2001; (p. 223-232)
Katharine Susannah Prichard Interviewed Tony Thomas (interviewer), 1967 single work interview
— Appears in: Critic The , 3 October vol. 8 no. 3 1967; (p. 55-56)
Katharine Susannah Prichard : A Relunctant Daughter of Mark Twain Ric Throssell , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , Winter vol. 3 no. 2 1989; (p. 89-93)
Katharine Susannah Prichard: `She Did What She Could' Sandra Burchill , 1993 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Time to Write : Australian Women Writers 1890-1930 1993; (p. 139-161)
y The Literature of Gippsland : The Social and Historical Context of Early Writings, With Bibliography Patrick Morgan , Churchill : Centre for Gippsland Studies , 1983 Z402968 1983 single work criticism biography
The Apprentice Years I Jack Beasley , 1993 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: A Gallop of Fire : Katharine Susannah Prichard: on Guard for Humanity : a Study of Creative Personality 1993; (p. 29-41)

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