Issue Details: First known date: 1953 1953
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Adaptations

form y Caddie Joan Long , Sydney : Anthony Buckley Productions , 1976 Z1148145 1976 single work film/TV (taught in 1 units)

Based on the autobiography of a woman (otherwise unidentified in the text) who worked as a housekeeper for the writers Dymphna Cusack and Florence James, Caddie is set in Sydney between the mid-1920s and the early 1930s. The narrative concerns a respectable woman from the suburbs who walks out on her unfaithful husband. With no money and two children to feed, she takes a job as a barmaid. Having never been in a pub in her life, Caddie is confronted with the horrors of the 'six o'clock swill', as desperate men cling to the bar, vomiting and urinating where they stand, rather than lose their place. She eventually learns the trade with help from fellow barmaid Josie (Jacki Weaver), while learning also about the people and lifestyles of those who inhabit the inner-city districts. Following a brief and disastrous affair with Ted, an SP bookmaker, she falls in love with Peter, a charming and sophisticated Greek immigrant, who is also still married. When Peter is called back to Greece as the effects of the Depression increase, he promises to return as soon as he can. Caddie, in the meantime, finds herself alone, without a job or the money to feed her children.

Notes

  • Constable's contract for Caddie is in both names (Cusack and Elliot-Mackay); copyright is jointly held (now by the estates) and the royalties split 50/50.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Constable , 1953 .
      Extent: xxi, 274p.
      Reprinted: 1953 Three times
      Note/s:
      • Introduced by Dymphna Cusack.
Notes:
This version omits the final paragraph of the 1953 version. The postscript by Cusack, 'Vale Caddie', differs from the postcript in the 1953 version.
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Sun Books , 1966 .
      Extent: xviii, 199 [2]p.p.
      Reprinted: 1975 , 1976 Seven times
      Note/s:
      • Introduced by Dymphna Cusack.

Works about this Work

'This Isn't a Novel. It is a Life!' : Dymphna Cusask and Caddie : A Sydney Barmaid Diane E. Kirkby , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 22 no. 4 2006; (p. 495-506)
This article examines the collaborative writing relationship between author Dymphna Cusask and the autobiographical subject Catherine Elliott-Mackay. It also considers the contribution of 'Caddie' to Australian women's writing and the history of women's work.
Untitled Scrutarius , 1966 single work review
— Appears in: Walkabout , December vol. 32 no. 12 1966; (p. 77-78, 81)

— Review of Caddie: A Sydney Barmaid : An Autobiography Written by Herself Catherine Elliot-Mackay 1953 single work autobiography
Untitled Scrutarius , 1966 single work review
— Appears in: Walkabout , December vol. 32 no. 12 1966; (p. 77-78, 81)

— Review of Caddie: A Sydney Barmaid : An Autobiography Written by Herself Catherine Elliot-Mackay 1953 single work autobiography
'This Isn't a Novel. It is a Life!' : Dymphna Cusask and Caddie : A Sydney Barmaid Diane E. Kirkby , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 22 no. 4 2006; (p. 495-506)
This article examines the collaborative writing relationship between author Dymphna Cusask and the autobiographical subject Catherine Elliott-Mackay. It also considers the contribution of 'Caddie' to Australian women's writing and the history of women's work.
Last amended 29 Sep 2006 17:11:37
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