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Issue Details: First known date: 1967... 1967 Picnic at Hanging Rock
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'It was a cloudless summer day in the year 1900. Everyone at Appleyard College for Young Ladies agreed it was just right for a picnic at Hanging Rock. After lunch, a group of three girls climbed into the blaze of the afternoon sun, pressing on through the scrub into the shadows of the secluded volcanic outcropping. Farther, higher, until at last they disappeared. They never returned. ...'

Source: Publisher's blurb (Penguin Random House, 2014).

Adaptations

form y separately published work icon Picnic at Hanging Rock Cliff Green , ( dir. Peter Weir ) Australia Adelaide : McElroy and McElroy , 1975 Z822342 1975 single work film/TV mystery horror (taught in 9 units)

On St Valentine's Day 1900, three schoolgirls and a teacher from an exclusive English-style boarding school go missing at the mysterious Hanging Rock in central Victoria. One of the girls is found alive a week later, but the others are never seen again. As morale within the school begins to disintegrate, the headmistress's increasingly incoherent anger is turned towards one student, leading to tragic consequences. Although the police suspect Michael Fitzhubert, a young English aristocrat, and his manservant Albert, who were in the area at the time the girls disappeared, the mystery is never solved. As Paul Byrnes (Australian Screen) notes, the suggested scenarios range from the 'banal and explicable (a crime of passion) to deeply mystical (a crime of nature).'

[Source: Australian Screen]

y separately published work icon Lady Joan Lindsay's Picnic at Hanging Rock : A Full Length Play Laura Annawyn Shamas , Woodstock : Dramatic Publishing Company , 1987 Z818128 1987 single work drama mystery
y separately published work icon Picnic at Hanging Rock Tom Wright , 2016 London : Nick Hern Books , 2017 9212678 2016 single work drama

'Australia, 1900. An ancient land becomes the site of an impossible mystery. A group of schoolgirls and their teachers venture out into the sundrenched landscape, only for four of their number to disappear forever.

'The subsequent investigation creates more questions than answers. One of the girls is found with no memory of what happened to her or her classmates, another succumbs to hysteria for no apparent reason. Those close to the missing girls begin to meet with unfortunate ends and it becomes clear that this is no ordinary disappearance.' (Production summary)

form y separately published work icon Picnic at Hanging Rock Beatrix Christian , Alice Addison , ( dir. Larysa Kondracki et. al. )agent Australia : Foxtel FremantleMedia Australia , 2017 10020967 2017 series - publisher film/TV historical fiction mystery

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Notes

  • Ranked #10 in ABC1's First Tuesday Book Club '10 Aussie Books to Read Before You Die' 2012 voting ballot.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Cheshire , 1967 .
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      Extent: 212p.
    • Harmondsworth, Middlesex,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Ontario,
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      Penguin ,
      1970 .
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      Extent: 213p.
      Reprinted: 1975 , 1976 , 1977
    • Adelaide, South Australia,: Rigby , 1975 .
      Extent: 212p.
      ISBN: 0855583649
    • Gladesville, Ryde - Gladesville - Hunters Hill area, Northwest Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Golden Press , 1975 .
      Extent: 212p.
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Viking , 1987 .
      Extent: 204p.
      Description: illus.(some col.), map.
    • Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Cornstalk Publishing , 1992 .
      Extent: 204p.
      Description: ill., (some col.), map
      ISBN: 0670818283
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Vintage UK ,
      1998 .
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      Extent: 188p.
      ISBN: 0099750619
    • Kyneton, Kyneton area, Sunbury - Kyneton area, Melbourne, Victoria,: Macedon Ranges Shire Council , 2002 .
      Extent: 219p.
      Limited edition info: Hardcover edition limited to 200 individually numbered copies.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • With images from the production of Peter Weir's film of the novel and excerpts from the motion picture screenplay by Cliff Green.
      • Issued with an original 16 frame trim from the editing workprint of the film Picnic at Hanging Rock.
      ISBN: 0959941037
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2009 .
      Extent: 192p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 29 June 2009.
      ISBN: 9780143202721
      Series: y separately published work icon Popular Penguins Penguin (publisher), Camberwell : Penguin , 2008- Z1605341 2008 series - publisher novel essay short story
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2013 .
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      Extent: 280p.
      Note/s:
      • Published: 20/03/2013
      ISBN: 9780670076857
      Series: y separately published work icon Penguin Australian Children's Classics Melbourne : Penguin , 2012- 6153702 2012 series - publisher children's fiction
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2013 .
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      Extent: 264p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 20 November 2013
      ISBN: 9780143569732
      Series: Penguin Classics Penguin Books (publisher), series - publisher
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2013 .
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      Extent: 1vp.
      Note/s:
      • Published 30 January 2013

        Available as an ebook

      ISBN: 9781743480946
      Series: y separately published work icon Popular Penguins Penguin (publisher), Camberwell : Penguin , 2008- Z1605341 2008 series - publisher novel essay short story
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2014 .
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      Extent: 192p.
      Note/s:
      • Published: 23/04/2014
      ISBN: 9780734311252
      Series: y separately published work icon Pink Popular Penguin Melbourne : Penguin , 2013 5970429 2013 series - publisher novel
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Penguin Books ,
      2014 .
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      Extent: 196p.
      ISBN: 9780143126782
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2019 .
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      Extent: 244p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 3 December 2019.
      • Introduced by Romy Ash.
      ISBN: 9781922268310
Alternative title: Pique-nique à Hanging Rock
Language: French
    • Paris,
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      France,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Flammarion ,
      1976 .
      Extent: 246p.
      ISBN: 2080608797
    • Paris,
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      France,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Livre de Poche ,
      2016 .
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      Extent: 318p.p.
      ISBN: 9782253068976, 2253068977

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Works about this Work

Valentine's Day 1900 i "The pinnacles, edges of a serrated knife scratch", Avril Bradley , 2019 single work poetry
— Appears in: Mountain Secrets 2019; (p. 117)
‘Personal Exertion Literary J. Lindsay’ : Joan Lindsay Papers at State Library Victoria Catherine Padmore , 2019 single work essay
— Appears in: The La Trobe Journal , September no. 103 2019; (p. 28-39)
'Fifty-two years after Joan Lindsay’s novel Picnic at Hanging Rock (1967) was released, it continues to spark the public imagination, functioning as a locus of creative and scholarly engagement. The book’s central event, the disappearance in 1900 of three schoolgirls and their teacher, creates a ripple pattern that continues to affect those involved.2 Similarly, the story has had a rich and varied afterlife, manifesting in the intervening decades in unexpected and intriguing ways.' (Introduction)
The Country of Sexualised Children : Whiteness, Innocence, and the “Sexualisation of Childhood” Jay Daniel Thompson , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , vol. 42 no. 3 2018; (p. 285-296)

'This article argues that the sexualisation of childhood discourses have a distinct history in Australia. To advance this argument, I will explore the similarities between these discourses and discourses surrounding the iconic Australian “lost child”. In all of these discourses, a white child (here a symbol of White Australia’s future and past) becomes lost in an unforgiving and dangerous environment. This child is assumed to be asexual, though with the likelihood that they will mature into reproductive heterosexuality. This latter point will be illuminated in the final section of the article, which will focus specifically on the 2016 criticisms of the Safe Schools Coalition Australia. These criticisms are the most recent examples of anti-sexualisation discourses in Australia.'  (Publication abstract)

"Misfit" College : The Sentient House as Thing in Joan Lindsay's Picnic at Hanging Rock Suzette Mayr , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 31 no. 2 2017; (p. 393-406)

'[...]in Picnic, Joan Lindsay reconceptualizes what Coss calls the "familiar device" (101) of the sentient house to fit an Australian context. [...]while the haunted house can stand in as an easy metaphor for numerous concerns such as the "haunted" nation, the sentient house, on the other hand, challenges the metaphorical value of "hauntedness." (5-6) As I mentioned earlier, Bailey is referring exclusively to sentient houses in American fiction, but aside from the lack of an explicit "prosaic description" of Appleyard College as "malign," the house in Picnic at Hanging Rock fits the numerous criteria of Bailey's "formula" almost perfectly: the enterprising English widow Mrs. Appleyard moves into a "misfit" and "anachronistic" Australian mansion, unconcerned that the "forgotten" first owner sold the house after only "a year or two" (8); she populates it with a symbolic "family" in the form of her students and employees; "fault lines" appear in the "family" with the mysterious disappearance of the mathematics teacher, Greta McCraw, and three students, Miranda, Irma, and Marion, while on a picnic at the nearby Hanging Rock; and because of "gradually escalating assaults"- including the discovery of a dead pupil in the garden-at the end of the novel Mrs. Appleyard commits suicide, and the house is destroyed in a bushfire. [...]thing theory can only be used to a certain extent when examining the symbolic impact of the house in the novel because the house is not in fact "largely inconsequential in the rhetorical hierarchy of the text" (Freedgood 2).' (Publication abstract)

Return to Hanging Rock : Lost Children in a Gothic Landscape Rose Miller , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Green Letters : Studies in Ecocriticism , vol. 21 no. 2 2017; (p. 152-166)

"Using the philosophical position of phenomenology, this article examines the ways in which ideas of wildness combine with Australian Gothic tropes such as the white colonial lost child and the bush as a haunted locale to compose key features of an Australian ecoGothic. On St Valentine’s Day in 1900, three young Australian girls and their teacher disappear from a school picnic at the ancient site of Mount Macedon in Victoria. The analysis of Picnic at Hanging Rock (1967), which focuses on author Joan Lindsay’s posthumously published chapter eighteen (1987) examines how elements of the material, sensing world combine with the mythological or sacred to connect the human protagonists with the Gothic landscape they inhabit. The resulting intersubjectivity problematises colonial ideology and unsettles notions of national identity." (blurb)

New Fiction Martha Lemming , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March vol. 7 no. 5 1968; (p. 88)

— Review of An Affair of Clowns : Short Stories and Sketches Thelma Forshaw , 1967 selected work short story ; Dynasty Tony Morphett , 1967 single work novel ; Picnic at Hanging Rock Joan Lindsay , 1967 single work novel
Sunlit Mystery 1967 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 9 December vol. 89 no. 4579 1967; (p. 82)

— Review of Picnic at Hanging Rock Joan Lindsay , 1967 single work novel
[Review] Picnic at Hanging Rock Scrutarius , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: Walkabout , vol. 34 no. 3 1968; (p. 45-46)

— Review of Picnic at Hanging Rock Joan Lindsay , 1967 single work novel
Picnicking with E. M. Forster, Joan Lindsay et.al. Donald Barrett , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: LiNQ , vol. 15 no. 1 1987; (p. 79-86)
Between the Rock and a Dark Place Rachel Wells , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 14 February 2005; (p. 4)
True Fakes Simon Caterson , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Eureka Street , March-April vol. 16 no. 2 2006; (p. 34-35)
150 Years 150 Books 150 Words 600 Entries 10 Winners Lili Wilkinson , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Newsletter of the Australian Centre for Youth Literature , October no. 3 2004; (p. 8-12)
The aim of the Save This Book competition was to nominate a book from the last 150 years, from a list of 150 titles, and explain why (in 150 words) why it should be saved from a tidal wave. Winners' submissions are included.
Hanging Rock, desafiante misterio 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hontanar , March no. 84 2006; (p. 2-3)
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  • Gisborne - Woodend area, Sunbury - Kyneton area, Melbourne, Victoria,
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