Dear Old Inglewood - Ethel Turner's Ku-ring-gai


Event details

Council Event

For : Seniors, Families, Everyone, 
23 May 2018 at  9:00 AM  -5:00 PM
Where: Gordon Library
799  Pacific Highway, Gordon
Contact details:
Contact Person:Gordon Library
Telephone: 9424 0120
Website: Ku-ring-gai Council
Cost: Free


Ethel Turner, one of Australia’s best-loved children’s authors, wrote the 1894 novel Seven Little Australians while living at the family’s Lindfield (now Killara) home, Inglewood.

In 1891 Ethel Turner decamped with her family from the bustling inner-city to the sleepy, semi-rural environment of Lindfield (now Killara). Fearing a staid and dreary cultural wasteland, the budding author likened the move to being buried alive.

However, she arrived to the area at a time of great change, with the arrival of the railway line the previous year linking the city with the north as never before. Moreover, the tranquil bush surrounds of Inglewood was the perfect setting for Turner to draw inspiration for her timeless classic. 

This new exhibition examines Ethel Turner’s life and career at a time of unprecedented growth and development, both for Ku-ring-gai and for the young author herself.

This exhibition is available to view during Gordon Library opening hours until the end of July.

Library closure

Please note that Gordon Library will be closed due to an air conditioning upgrade from Thursday 19 July to Sunday 29 July inclusive.