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Issue Details: First known date: 1926... 1926 Working Bullocks
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First published in1926, Working Bullocks describes life amongst Western Australian timber workers in the early twentieth century. An evocative tale of social relations, working culture and romantic bonds set in the context of the beauty and majesty of the great Karri forests.


Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Language: Russian
    • Moscow,
      Former Soviet Union,
      Eastern Europe, Europe,
      ZIF ,
      1928 .
      • Listed by Ric Throssell Wild Weed and Windflowers. Not traced.

Other Formats

  • Also braille, sound recording.

Works about this Work

10 ‘Lost’ Australian Literary Treasures You Should Read – and Can Soon Borrow from Any Library Rebecca Giblin , Airlie Lawson , 2020 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 24 November 2020;
‘As My Great Day Approaches’: Katharine Susannah Prichard in 1969 Nathan Hobby , 2019 single work biography
— Appears in: Westerly , vol. 64 no. 2 2019; (p. 129-137)
'In the archives, after a life in black and white, Katharine Susannah Prichard bursts into colour at the end of her life. The ten minute home video lingers reverentially over the white-haired woman. It captures her doing ordinary things at her home in Greenmount in the hills of Perth— writing at her desk, standing outside her writing cabin, posing in front of a blooming wattle bush in her garden, drinking tea on her verandah with friends. All through it she is talking, talking, talking, but her words are lost; there is no sound. Usually things are the other way around—all words and no visuals.' (Introduction)
Becoming Articulate : Henry Handel Richardson and Katharine Susannah Prichard David Carter , Roger Osborne , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Books and Authors in the American Marketplace : 1840s-1940s 2018; (p. 195-230)

'From the late 1920s to the early 1940s, American reviewers were often compelled to remark on the increasing presence of Australian books and authors in the American marketplace. The publication in short succession of Henry Handel Richardson's The Fortunes of Richard Mahony trilogy (1929-30) and Katharine Susannah Prichard's Working Bullocks (1927) and Coonardoo (1930) appeared to announce Australia's literary coming of age: "Australia at last seems to have become articulate, when in so short a space of time it can produce such books as Henry Handel Richardson's Ultima Thule, Miss Prichard's own Working Bullocks and this fine story of white codes and primitive codes mixed and never fusing [Coonardoo]"; "Australia is taking her place as an important contributor to English letters ... It is no longer possible to ignore that country's claim to a definite attention") By comparison to the authors discussed in the previous chapter, Richardson and Prichard together could draw attention, not just to individual hooks by Australian authors, but to works of literature about Australia and hence to the idea of Australian literature itself. As one US reviewer put it, Ultima Thule had "brought the Australian country into the deep consciousness of reading America" and Coonardoo promised to do the same. Another concluded that "those who maintain that no literature comes out of Australia are beginning to revise their opinions as each new book is announced by Henry Handel Richardson, Katherine Susannah Pritchard [sic] and Dorothy Cottrel [sic]".' (Introduction)

Human's Changing Relationship to the Non-Human World Deborah Jordan , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Climate Change Narratives in Australian Fiction 2014; (p. 41-55)
'The environmental crises the human species faces are urgent. When the climate change literary critics Adam Trexler and Adeline John-Putra argue that climate change calls for a fundamental re-valuation of ourselves, even while it challenges us to put to use the critical cultural tools we have, 77 they are right. A fundamental re-evaluation is needed in face of the urgency, seriousness, complexity, immediacy, duration and global scope of the problems facing the human species. In the previous pages we have looked albeit briefly at some of the key novels addressing climate change scenarios which we can identify in Australian writing. Can the critics help us refine our concepts a little further?' (41)
Finding a Spiritual Home in the Australian Environment : Katharine Susannah Prichard and Vance Palmer in the 1920s Deborah Jordan , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Journal of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology , no. 3 2013;
'Eco-centric ideologies recognise humans as an interdependent part of a larger biotic community and the biophysical systems that support them. Constructions and narratives of one’s ‘spiritual home’ in the environment by authors and critics can challenge colonial and postcolonial understandings, of — in this instance — Australia. Vance Palmer, Australia’s leading man of letters of the inter-war period, claimed his was a generation seeking to find ‘harmony’ with the environment; Nettie Palmer believed that writers’ powers depended on their capacity to find a spiritual home in place. Without the literary imagination, people and places appear ‘uncanny and ghostlike’, and Nettie evolved a schema in and through language to help others learn how to dwell in the land. In a time of rapid environmental change, this essay re-visits these writers, that is, Vance and Nettie Palmer, Katharine Susannah Prichard and others of their generation, and it investigates their important initiatives in challenging dominant and habitual ways of understanding and seeing the natural environment. Often as a result of their beliefs they sought out remote country locations and ‘wilderness areas’ in which to live and write about. Two key texts, Working Bullocks (1926) by Prichard and The Man Hamilton (1928) by Palmer, can be explored in context of recent discourses on ecological sensibilities, identities of place and transnational cosmopolitanism, home and homecoming in the literary imagination, and rapid change through climate change. Building on earlier literary critiques and gender analysis, very different readings of the environmental imagination at play in these texts are possible.' (Publication abstract)
Untitled 1929 single work review
— Appears in: The Capricornian , 7 November 1929; (p. 11)

— Review of Working Bullocks Katharine Susannah Prichard , 1926 single work novel
Katherine Prichard 1927 single work review
— Appears in: The Queenslander , 19 February 1927; (p. 8)

— Review of Working Bullocks Katharine Susannah Prichard , 1926 single work novel
Katharine Prichard 1927 single work review
— Appears in: The Brisbane Courier , 5 February 1927; (p. 20)

— Review of Working Bullocks Katharine Susannah Prichard , 1926 single work novel
Five Books for February Jean Curlewis , 1927 single work review
— Appears in: The Home , 1 February vol. 8 no. 2 1927; (p. 42)

— Review of Working Bullocks Katharine Susannah Prichard , 1926 single work novel
Review : Coonardoo Vance Palmer , 1957 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 16 no. 1 1957; (p. 90-91)

— Review of My Crowded Solitude Jack McLaren , 1926 single work autobiography ; Coonardoo : The Well in the Shadow Katharine Susannah Prichard , 1928 single work novel ; Working Bullocks Katharine Susannah Prichard , 1926 single work novel ; Capricornia : A Novel Xavier Herbert , 1938 single work novel ; Such Is Life : Being Certain Extracts from the Diary of Tom Collins Tom Collins , 1897 single work novel
Mating and Courting : Misogyny in West Australia Sue Roff , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Newsletter of the American Association of Australian Literary Studies , November vol. 1 no. 2 1985; (p. 6)
Katharine Susannah Prichard Nettie Palmer , 1926 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian Woman's Mirror , 27 July vol. 2 no. 35 1926; (p. 11, 54)
Let's Talk About Books Franziska , 1927 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian Woman's Mirror , 4 January vol. 3 no. 6 1927; (p. 24,57)
When the Last Leaf Falls Glen Phillips , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Change - Conflict and Convergence : Austral-Asian Scenarios 2010; (p. 151-165)
In this paper Glen Phillips shows 'how 221 years ago the British and European desire to create a new nation in Australia was partly motivated by a wish to escape the pollution and overcrowding of their nations' cities.' (p152)
Points of View : Women Writers 1933 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian Women's Weekly , 9 September vol. 1 no. 14 1933; (p. 10)
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