Elizabeth O'Conner

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Elizabeth O'Conner
Born Barbara Lowe
Dunedoo, New South Wales, Australia
Died 6 May 2000(2000-05-06) (aged 86–87)
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Occupation Novelist
Nationality Australian
Period 1958–1989
Notable works The Irishman
Notable awards Miles Franklin Award, 1960

Elizabeth O'Conner (1913 – 6 May 2000), born under the name Barbara Lowe, was an Australian novelist. Elizabeth O'Conner was born in Dunedoo in New South Wales. After a childhood spent in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, she studied art in Adelaide and Sydney, before teaching at a Brisbane girls' boarding school.[1]

She married the manager of a cattle station in 1942 and moved to Queensland's Gulf Country, where she had four children.[2] She died in Atherton, Queensland in 2000.



  • The Irishman (1960)
  • Find a Woman (1963)
  • The Chinese Bird (1966)
  • The Winds of Fate (1977)
  • Spirit Man (1980)
  • Darling Caroline (1980)


  • Steak for Breakfast (1958)
  • A Second Helping (1969)