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Issue Details: First known date: 1967... 1967 Midnite : The Story of a Wild Colonial Boy
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

A not-so-bright highwayman keeps getting arrested, but his clever animal friends always help him escape, until one day he finally becomes successful enough to begin living like an honest man. (Libraries Australia record).

Adaptations

y separately published work icon Midnite : The Play Richard Tulloch , Ringwood : Penguin , 1997 Z860300 1997 single work drama children's humour
y separately published work icon Midnite Doug MacLeod , Raffaele Marcellino (composer), Grosvenor Place : 2004 Z1184737 2004 single work musical theatre children's

Notes

  • Reviewed by Maurice Saxby in 1967, (source unknown).
  • Dedication: To the wild Colonial memory of Moondyne Joe Bushranger, Nostrum-monger and Captain Starlight Bushranger, Gentleman, Clerk of the Geological Survey Department, W. A.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Cheshire , 1967 .
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      Extent: 140p.
      Description: illus.
      Reprinted: 1968
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      MacDonald ,
      1967 .
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      Extent: 140p.
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1969 .
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      Extent: 120p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 0140304215, 0370308174
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Bodley Head ,
      1984 .
      Extent: 111p.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • 'For this new edition, the text has been entirely re-designed and Ralph Steadman has re-created and added to his original illustrations ...' Kerry White Australian Children's Books: A Bibliography: Volume II 1973-1988 (1992): 538.
      ISBN: 0370308174
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Puffin , 2004 .
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      Extent: 149p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 0141307315
Alternative title: Jod Heika No Sanzokudan
Language: Japanese

Other Formats

  • Braille.
  • Sound recording.

Works about this Work

Australia in Three Books Lucy Treloar , 2019 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 78 no. 3 2019; (p. 15-19)

— Review of Midnite : The Story of a Wild Colonial Boy Randolph Stow , 1967 single work children's fiction ; Oscar and Lucinda Peter Carey , 1988 single work novel ; Questions of Travel Michelle De Kretser , 2012 single work novel

'Our lives are made up of different arcs—love, family, politics, geography, time and dislocation among them. One of the arcs that has exercised me most is my wondering about post-colonising Australia and its myths and mythmaking propensities, also about my family’s.

'Although my childhood was spent mostly in Melbourne, it was punctuated by our frequent pilgrimages to the promised land (aka South Australia) and inflected by the awareness that Melbourne was exile to my South Australian mother—feelings I do not share. She often reminded us of our ‘free settler’ heritage, and of our roots in the colonial era, no more than a blink of time ago in the face of 50,000 or more years of Aboriginal occupation; my horror has only grown with the intervening years.

'We loved South Australia for our own reasons: for heat, our peerless great-grandmother, wild freedom and the beach. But an awareness of myth, of the stories we tell and the ways we frame present and past, was kindled. If there is an arc in this selection, it is that the postcolonial Australia that I first began to think about as a child—if only at the edges of my mind—is a myth. It always has been.' (Introduction)

Lost and Found in Translation : Who Can Talk to Country? Kim Mahood , 2019 single work essay
— Appears in: Griffith Review , January no. 63 2019; (p. 29-46)

'Unlike many city-dwelling Australians, the desert holds no terrors for me. Instead, like DH Lawrence, I find the cathedral forests of the coastal regions oppressive and disquieting. Lawrence brought to his descriptions of the Australian bush the same overwrought sensitivity that created the claustrophobic emotional landscape of 'Sons and Lovers', and the appalling, majestic insularity of the Italian mountain village in 'The Lost Girl'. He was the writer who made explicit the sense of some non-human presence in the Antipodean landscape, and while I have a different interpretation of the 'speechless, aimless solitariness' he attributes to the country, his instincts were good.'  (Publication abstract)

 

'Not While My Cat's Alive!' : Randolph Stow Accepts a Fellowship from the Australia Council Julienne Van Loon , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Telling Stories : Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012 2013; (p. 323-328)
The Lure of Language Kevin Steinberger , Joy Lawn , Trevor Agnew , Rayma Turton , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 27 no. 5 2012; (p. 20-22)
Four readers share sections from favourite children's and young adult books. Some of the books chosen our outside the scope of AustLit.
Vale Randolph Stow 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Spring vol. 18 no. 3 2010; (p. 11)
Revisiting... Midnite Kevin Steinberger , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 14 no. 5 1999; (p. 14)

— Review of Midnite : The Story of a Wild Colonial Boy Randolph Stow , 1967 single work children's fiction
[Review] Blue Above the Trees [and] Midnite D. Dugan , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 6 July 1968; (p. 14)

— Review of Blue Above the Trees Mavis Thorpe Clark , 1967 single work novel ; Midnite : The Story of a Wild Colonial Boy Randolph Stow , 1967 single work children's fiction
[Review] Midnite Jennifer Kimber , 1967 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August vol. 6 no. 10 1967; (p. 162)

— Review of Midnite : The Story of a Wild Colonial Boy Randolph Stow , 1967 single work children's fiction
[Review] Midnite 1967 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 30 November 1967; (p. 1154)

— Review of Midnite : The Story of a Wild Colonial Boy Randolph Stow , 1967 single work children's fiction
[Review] Midnite K. Commins , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 6 July 1968; (p. 20)

— Review of Midnite : The Story of a Wild Colonial Boy Randolph Stow , 1967 single work children's fiction
The Canberra Times Jennifer Bradley , 2010 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 14 June 2010; (p. 8)
Vale Randolph Stow 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Spring vol. 18 no. 3 2010; (p. 11)
Readers, Texts, Contexts : Reader-Response Criticism Michael Benton , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Understanding Children's Literature : Key Essays from the Second Edition of the International Companion Encyclopedia of Children's Literature 2005; (p. 86-102)
A Bicultural Study of Identification : Readers' Responses to the Ironic Treatment of a National Hero Rhonda Bunbury , Reinbert Tabbert , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Children's Literature in Education , vol. 20 no. 1 1989; (p. 25-35)
The Lure of Language Kevin Steinberger , Joy Lawn , Trevor Agnew , Rayma Turton , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 27 no. 5 2012; (p. 20-22)
Four readers share sections from favourite children's and young adult books. Some of the books chosen our outside the scope of AustLit.
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