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y Seven Little Australians single work   children's fiction   children's  
Is part of Seven Little Australians Series Ethel Turner 1894 series - author (number 1 in series)
Issue Details: First known date: 1894 1894
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'Without doubt Judy was the worst of the seven, probably because she was the cleverest.'

'Her father, Captain Woolcot, found his vivacious, cheeky daughter impossible – but seven children were really too much for him and most of the time they ran wild at their rambling riverside home, Misrule.

'Step inside and meet them all – dreamy Meg, and Pip, daring Judy, naughty Bunty, Nell, Baby and the youngest, 'the General'. Come and share in their lives, their laughter and their tears.' (From the publisher's website.)

Adaptations

Seven Little Australians Beaumont Smith , 1914 single work drama children's

Largely adapted from Ethel Turner's Seven Little Australians, with some incidents from Miss Bobbie also incorporated into the narrative.

The critical reception to the play was almost unanimously positive, with most critics agreeing that writer/director/producer Beaumont Smith had captured the spirit of the original stories and had succeeded in staging it for the benefit of the children present. Well before the 1914 Palace Theatre premiere Smith indicated his intention, saying that Seven Little Australians had been on his mind as a theatrical production for several years and that he 'always felt that children should have plays written for them for daytime performances.' He went on to further note that he believed that they should also be written in a childish spirit, with the point of view always being from that of a child' (Adelaide Mail 2 May 1914, p. 13).

form y Seven Little Australians Patrick V. Ryan , Australia : O. B. Pictures , 1939 Z972382 1939 single work film/TV

A feature film based on Ethel Turner's novel of the same name, Seven Little Australians celebrates the energetic, free-wheeling spirit of Australian youth. The storyline follows the escapades of the seven Woolcot children as they struggle to win the affections of their strict father while simultaneously attempting to exert their own independent identities.

In this 1939 cinematic adaptation, Captain Woolcot is portrayed as a harsher, less loving character rather than a father whose love for his family is being suppressed by his belief in discipline.

y Seven Little Australians Barbara Jefferis , Australia : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1953 9378157 1953 series - publisher radio play children's

A radio adaptation of Ethel Turner's novel.

form y Seven Little Australians Pamela Brown , United Kingdom (UK) : British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) , 1953 Z1360640 1953 series - publisher film/TV children's

A five-part television series based on Ethel Turner's novel of the same name, this BBC version of Seven Little Australians was produced primarily for children. The storylines follow the escapades of the seven Woolcot children as they struggle to win the affections of their strict father.

form y Seven Little Australians Eleanor Witcombe , ABC Television (publisher), Sydney : ABC Television , 1973 Z972389 1973 series - publisher film/TV children's young adult historical fiction

A ten-part television mini-series adapted from the 1894 novel Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner (q.v.). Set in Sydney in the 1890s, the stories concern Captain Woolcot, an English widower with seven children, who has recently married again. The family lives in their large home 'Misrule,' which lies along the banks of the Parramatta River. As an officer in the New South Wales Regiment, Woolcot attempts to implement regimental discipline but is constantly harassed and embarrassed by the antics of his seven mischievous children: Meg, Pip, Judy, Nell, Bunty, Baby, and 'The General.' Since he is unable to control them, it is his new wife who invariably takes on all the trials of bringing up the children, with the most difficult child being the ring-leader Helen, commonly known as Judy.

Seven Little Australians Peter Yeldham , John Palmer , Jim Graham , David Reeves (composer), 1988 single work musical theatre

Based on the famous Ethel Turner stories and made possible by a Bicentenary gift from James Hardie Industries, this musical version of Seven Little Australians concerns gruff widower and army officer Captain Woolcot, his six tear-away children, his demure new wife (who is not much older than his oldest daughter), and their baby son.

Seven Little Australians Julia Britton , 2005 single work drama
Seven Little Australians Anne Scott-Pendlebury , 2009 single work drama

'Not one of these seven little Australians are really good, because Australian children never are!

The adventures of the seven mischievous Woolcot children, their stern father Captain Woolcot, and young stepmother, Esther, in early Australia' (Villanova Players website).

Notes

  • There have been numerous editions published. Up until 1983,Ward, Lock and Bowden (later Ward, Lock and Company) had republished the book more than fifty times. Ross Burnet A Turner Bibliography (1999, 2003) provides a comprehensive identification and description of the reprints and subsequent editions by other publishers.
  • 'The first edition of 1894 contained a four-page episode [in Chapter 18] in which ... Mr Gillet related an Aboriginal legend. For some reason this episode was omitted soon after the fifth edition (1896) and has not been reprinted since - until now.'(Walter McVitty, 1994)
  • Dedication: To my mother.
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

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,
      :
      Melbourne, Victoria,: Ward, Lock and Bowden , 1894 .
      1370661672398333519.jpg
      Extent: 240 p., [3] leaves of platesp.
      Description: illus.
      Written as: Ethel S. Turner
      Reprinted: 1894 , 1895 , 1896 Twice
      Note/s:
      • Publisher's advertisements at back, 1-16pp.
      • Reprints referred to as 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th eds., but all details seem from library catalogues to be the same as the 1st edition. A 6th edition is listed for 1896: presumably this is the date from which the episode in Chapter 18 is omitted. Four libraries have [1897]ed.
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Ward, Lock , 1896 .
      Extent: 240 p., [3] leaves of platesp.
      Edition info: 6th ed.
      Description: illus.
      Written as: Ethel Turner (Title page)
    • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      David McKay , 1904 .
      Extent: vii, 243 p.p.
      Description: illus.
Alternative title: Zeven Kleine Australiers
Language: Dutch

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