Elizabeth O'Conner i(15 works by) (birth name: Barbara Lowe) (a.k.a. Barbara Willard Lowe McNamara; Barbara McNamara; Elizabeth O'Connor)
Also writes as: Anne Willard
Born: Established: 1913 Dunedoo, Dunedoo - Coolah - Merriwa area, Central West NSW, New South Wales, ; Died: Ceased: 6 May 2000 Cairns, Cairns area, Ingham - Cairns area, Queensland,
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Elizabeth O'Conner was the daughter of novelist Eric Lowe (q.v.), who had a sheep station at Dunedoo, and she lived as a child at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. Her mother was also a writer. O'Conner's connection with South Australia is that she studied art in Adelaide as well as Sydney. In the late 1930s she joined the staff of a girls' boarding school in Brisbane. Eleanor Dark (q.v.) was a friend who encouraged her writing.

O'Conner met her husband while visiting a North Queensland cattle station, was married in 1942 and moved to the Gulf country. For fifteen years her husband managed Forest Home on the Gilbert River and later managed a property nearer the Atherton Tablelands. Her books Steak for Breakfast and A Second Helping tell of their life in the outback. They had four children.

Affiliation Notes

  • Visited or worked in SA for a period