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Ethel Turner, 1928

Harold Cazneaux

gelatin silver photograph on paper (support: 24.5 cm x 19.5 cm, sheet: 17.8 cm x 14.5 cm, image: 17.8 cm x 14.5 cm)

Ethel Turner (1870–1958), writer, first published as a teenager, when she and her sister founded their own magazine as students at Sydney Girls’ High. She later edited the children’s pages of the Town and Country Journal and the Illustrated Sydney News. She was 24 when her first and most famous novel, Seven Little Australians, was published.The novel was so popular that Turner was immediately contracted to produce a sequel which appeared a year later. Translated into at least 13 languages, performed as a stage play, made into a film, two television series and a musical, Seven Little Australians has remained in print for more than 100 years. Turner’s output was considerable; between 1896 and 1928, when her last novel was published, she produced an average of one book each year, as well as writing regularly for newspapers and magazines. In all she wrote 34 volumes of fiction in addition to poetry, plays, and prose. Many of them were written in the study of her Sydney home, where this photograph was taken.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard King 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 2008.23

Currently on display: Gallery Six (Tim Fairfax Gallery)

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Artist and subject

Harold Cazneaux (age 50 in 1928)

Ethel Turner (age 58 in 1928)

Donated by

Richard King (16 portraits)

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Ethel Turner, 1928 Harold Cazneaux
Ethel Turner, 1928 Harold Cazneaux
Ethel Turner, 1928 Harold Cazneaux
Ethel Turner, 1928 Harold Cazneaux

Moving in creative circles

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2008

Harold Cazneaux's portraits of influential Sydneysiders included Margaret Preston and Ethel Turner, both important figures in the development of ideas about Australian identity and culture.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.