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y separately published work icon Pastures of the Blue Crane single work   novel   young adult  
Issue Details: First known date: 1964... 1964 Pastures of the Blue Crane
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'Brought up in boarding schools, Ryle has learned to be independent, but when her mysterious father dies, her whole world changes. Part of her inheritance is a half-share in a dilapidated farm which she shares with a scruffy grandfather she meets for the first time.'

(Publication summary)

Adaptations

form y separately published work icon The Pastures of the Blue Crane Eleanor Witcombe , ( dir. Tom Jeffrey ) 1969 Australia : ABC Television , 1969 Z869026 1969 series - publisher film/TV young adult

A coming-of-age story about Rhyll Mereweather, a teenage girl who, after her father dies, believes that she now has no family. Soon afterwards, however, she is informed that she has inherited a run-down northern NSW banana plantation. When she travels from her home in Melbourne to see the property, she discovers a crusty old grandfather and some other surprising relatives she didn't know about.

As with the book, the screenplay deals with many issues, including the irresponsible property development ruining the pristine coastline of northern NSW. It also, in a witty and hopeful way, deals with some of the most unsavoury aspects of Australian culture: its casual racism, its ingrained sexism, and the pressures put upon young people to conform to expectations. The film was arguably the first Australian television series to address racism in any meaningful way. Although the series was made at a time when Australia was still pursuing a white-only immigration program and when discrimination against Aboriginal peoples was endemic, the subject matter was handled with some care by the producers.

Notes

  • Selected by the Big Book Club as joint featured book for December 2005.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Oxford University Press ,
      1964 .
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      Extent: 222p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 0192712373
Alternative title: Das Madchen und der blaue Kranich
Language: German
    • Vienna,
      c
      Austria,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Heidelberg,
      c
      Germany,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Ueberreuther ,
      1965 .
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      Extent: 255p.

Works about this Work

Books a Far, Far Better Thing to Do Sue Wighton , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 20 February 2012; (p. 23)
Australian Children's Literature Clare Bradford , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Cambridge History of Australian Literature 2009; (p. 282-302)
Discusses themes, trends and developments in Australian children's literature between 1841 and 2006.
Descriptive Step Back to Old Adelaide Rob Greenwood , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 3 December 2005; (p. 25)
Untitled Margaret Robson Kett , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 18 no. 3 2004; (p. 64)

— Review of Pastures of the Blue Crane Hesba Brinsmead , 1964 single work novel
Performances of Colour : Narratives of Passing in Settler-Society Texts Clare Bradford , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Seriously Playful : Genre, Performance & Text 2004; (p. 77-84)
In this paper, Bradford focuses on settler-society texts involving characters who move across the psychological and physical boundaries dividing races.
Contemporary Classics Katharine England , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 262 2004; (p. 61-62)

— Review of Pastures of the Blue Crane Hesba Brinsmead , 1964 single work novel ; The Green Wind [and] The Wind is Silver Thurley Fowler , 2004 selected work children's fiction ; By the Sandhills of Yamboorah Reginald L. Ottley , 1965 single work novel
Untitled Lyn Linning , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 19 no. 2 2004; (p. 39)

— Review of Pastures of the Blue Crane Hesba Brinsmead , 1964 single work novel
Untitled Margaret Robson Kett , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 18 no. 3 2004; (p. 64)

— Review of Pastures of the Blue Crane Hesba Brinsmead , 1964 single work novel
Untitled 1965 single work review
— Appears in: New Books for Boys and Girls , July no. 21 1965; (p. 6-7)

— Review of Pastures of the Blue Crane Hesba Brinsmead , 1964 single work novel
Descriptive Step Back to Old Adelaide Rob Greenwood , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 3 December 2005; (p. 25)
Performances of Colour : Narratives of Passing in Settler-Society Texts Clare Bradford , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Seriously Playful : Genre, Performance & Text 2004; (p. 77-84)
In this paper, Bradford focuses on settler-society texts involving characters who move across the psychological and physical boundaries dividing races.
Australian Children's Literature Clare Bradford , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Cambridge History of Australian Literature 2009; (p. 282-302)
Discusses themes, trends and developments in Australian children's literature between 1841 and 2006.
Books a Far, Far Better Thing to Do Sue Wighton , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 20 February 2012; (p. 23)
Hesba Fay Brinsmead : Truth and Romantic Vision Walter McVitty , 1981 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Innocence and Experience : Essays on Contemporary Australian Children's Writers 1981; (p. 133-157)
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