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y separately published work icon Billabong's Daughter single work   children's fiction   children's  
Is part of Billabong Books Mary Grant Bruce , 1910-1942 series - author children's fiction (number 8 in series)
Issue Details: First known date: 1924... 1924 Billabong's Daughter
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'Returning from visiting Tommy,  Norah rescues Mrs Reilly, an Irish immigrant mother and her daughter Mary-Kate from their runaway horse and sulky.  At Billabong, her father relives old memories of the wilder side of his youth.  Left alone at home, Tommy is frightened by an intruder.  The man escapes when Jim comes on the scene.  The girls visit the Reillys, finding Mrs Reilly desperately ill so both families help out where they can.  Mary-Kate becomes a willing pupil at Billabong learning everything from cooking and cleaning to dispatching snakes.  There is a dance at night and a mustering of cattle by day where Norah is terrorised by a rogue bull until Wally charges in to save her — and surprises himself.

'The escaped criminal is found, but they don’t have the heart to turn him in.  Wally is recalled to Queensland to deal with his brother’s property.  Routing devious cattle-stealing station hands, he finds himself in trouble and very nearly killed.  Rescue comes out of the blue.  Jim is summoned to his side and Norah will not be left behind.  They hope Wally will live.'  (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
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      England,
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      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Ward, Lock ,
      1924 .
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      Extent: 256p.
      Description: [8] leaves of plates : illus.
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Ward, Lock , 1974 .
      image of person or book cover 4887838327585331634.jpg
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      Extent: 256p.
      ISBN: 070635379X
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Ward, Lock ,
      1924 .
      image of person or book cover 6948115440779746908.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 256p.
      Description: illus.
      Reprinted: 1925 , 1926 , 1928 , 1931 , 1936 , 1939 , 1943 , 1946 , 1948 , 1950 , 1953 , 1956 , 1959 , 1964
      Series: Popular Gift Books Ward, Lock (publisher), 1929-1954 series - publisher children's fiction children's Number in series: 247

Works about this Work

“Whichever and Whatever It Was” : Rendering War and Peace in Australian WWI Narratives Clare Rhoden , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 75 no. 3 2016;
'Australian narratives of World War I (WWI) reflect a different but characteristic commemoration of that event. While the best (to modern eyes) novels of WWI present a comprehensive picture of disillusionment, futility and waste, Australian stories proffer the view that the war was worthwhile, and that the sacrifices of the Anzacs were honourable and justified. In placing WWI as a salient marker denoting the origin of the nation, Australian texts diverge from the revered WWI canon’s convincing portrayal of the war as a symbol of civilisation’s demise. Even accepting this divergence, however, there is much in Australian narratives that amplifies the memorialisation of the war in Australian society.' (Introduction)
Radio Influences Children's Reading Eve Pownall , 1946 single work column
— Appears in: The Australasian Book News and Library Journal , September vol. 1 no. 3 1946; (p. 102)
Pownall outlines the collaboration between the New South Wales Department of Education and the Schools Broadcast Division of the ABC to broadcast books to children.
Let's Talk About Books 1924 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian Woman's Mirror , 25 November vol. 1 no. 1 1924; (p. 20, 52)
Reviews several overseas publications, as well as mentioning the lifting of the ban on Mrs Warren's Profession and Shaw's less-than-enthusiastic response.
Radio Influences Children's Reading Eve Pownall , 1946 single work column
— Appears in: The Australasian Book News and Library Journal , September vol. 1 no. 3 1946; (p. 102)
Pownall outlines the collaboration between the New South Wales Department of Education and the Schools Broadcast Division of the ABC to broadcast books to children.
Let's Talk About Books 1924 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian Woman's Mirror , 25 November vol. 1 no. 1 1924; (p. 20, 52)
Reviews several overseas publications, as well as mentioning the lifting of the ban on Mrs Warren's Profession and Shaw's less-than-enthusiastic response.
“Whichever and Whatever It Was” : Rendering War and Peace in Australian WWI Narratives Clare Rhoden , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 75 no. 3 2016;
'Australian narratives of World War I (WWI) reflect a different but characteristic commemoration of that event. While the best (to modern eyes) novels of WWI present a comprehensive picture of disillusionment, futility and waste, Australian stories proffer the view that the war was worthwhile, and that the sacrifices of the Anzacs were honourable and justified. In placing WWI as a salient marker denoting the origin of the nation, Australian texts diverge from the revered WWI canon’s convincing portrayal of the war as a symbol of civilisation’s demise. Even accepting this divergence, however, there is much in Australian narratives that amplifies the memorialisation of the war in Australian society.' (Introduction)
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