Fascinating exhibition of Seven Little Australians author’s life

Published on 31 May 2018

The life story of the author of a children’s classic and Ku-ring-gai resident Ethel Turner is revealed in a new exhibition at Gordon Library.

Ethel Turner wrote the classic children’s novel Seven Little Australians in 1893, after she and her family relocated to the then sleepy suburb of Lindfield in 1891.

After moving from the bustling centre of Sydney, the young Ethel feared she would encounter a staid and dreary cultural wasteland, likening her family’s decision to live in Ku-ring-gai to ‘being buried alive’.

However she was soon won over by the tranquil bush surrounds of Lindfield, which became the perfect setting for Turner to write her timeless classic. 

She penned the novel Seven Little Australians in 1893 while living at her family home Inglewood, in what is now part of Killara.

Ethel Turner arrived during a time of great change in Ku-ring-gai, with the new railway line linking the city with the north as never before. 

The exhibition at Gordon Library offers fascinating glimpses of life in Ku-ring-gai during the late nineteenth century, through a series of historical images and other memorabilia detailing Ethel Turner’s life and work.

The exhibition is free and on until the end of July during Library opening hours.



Media enquiries: Sally Williams, Ku-ring-gai Council Ph: 9424 0982 or sawilliams@kmc.nsw.gov.au