K. Langloh Parker

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Catherine Eliza Somerville Stow[1]
Born Catherine Eliza Somerville Field
(1856-05-01)1 May 1856
Encounter Bay, South Australia
Died 27 March 1940(1940-03-27) (aged 83)
Glenelg, South Australia[2]
Spouse(s) Langloh Parker[3] and Percival Randolph Stow
Parent(s) Henry Field (1818–1909)[4] and Sophia nee Newland (1829–1872)
Relatives Ridgway Newland[5] (grandfather), Randolph Isham Stow (father-in-law)
Writing career
Pen name K. Langloh Parker
Language English
Nationality Australian
Notable works Australian Legendary Tales
Notable awards Children's Book of the Year Award: Older Readers 1954
Years active 1898-1940

Catherine Eliza Somerville Stow (1 May 1856 – 27 March 1940), who wrote as K. Langloh Parker, was a South Australian born writer who lived in northern New South Wales in the late nineteenth century.[6] She is best known for recording the stories of the Gamilaraay Aboriginal people around her. Her testimony is one of the best accounts of the beliefs and stories of the Aboriginal people of north-west New South Wales at that time. However, her accounts reflect European attitudes of the time. Their value is illustrated by her recording of an account of Baiame dating from around 1830, which is the earliest known reference to Baiame.


Parker was born Catherine Eliza Somerville Field on board the 'Luilyl', in Encounter Bay, in South Australia, daughter of Henry Field, pastoralist, and his wife Sophia, daughter of Rev. Ridgway Newland.[5] She grew up on her father's property at Marra Station in northern New South Wales. In 1875, at the age of 18, she married her first husband, Langloh Parker, and moved to his property, Bangate Station, near Angledool, New South Wales where she collected most of the Yularoi (Gamilaraay), stories which were to make her famous. Two years after Langloh died in Sydney in 1903,[3] she met and married[7] Percival Randolph Stow (son of Randolph Isham Stow), and lived with him in Adelaide until her death in 1940.




  1. ^ Muir, Marcie (1990). "Stow, Catherine Eliza (Katie) (1856–1940)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 12. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 6 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Family Notices". The Advertiser (Adelaide). South Australia. 29 March 1940. p. 12. Retrieved 6 May 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  3. ^ a b "THE LATE MR. LANGLOH PARKER.". Morning Bulletin. LXV, (11,771). Queensland, Australia. 24 August 1903. p. 5. Retrieved 6 May 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  4. ^ "Obituaries of the Week.". Observer. LXVI, (3,515). South Australia. 13 February 1909. p. 38. Retrieved 6 May 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  5. ^ a b Rendell, Alan (1967). "Newland, Ridgway William (1790–1864)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 2. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 6 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Parker, Catherine (Katie) Langloh - Woman - The Australian Women's Register". 
  7. ^ "Family Notices.". Sydney Morning Herald. NSW: National Library of Australia. 15 December 1905. p. 6. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 


  • Parker, K. Langloh (1982) My Bush Book with background and biography by Marcie Muir, Rigby, Adelaide.

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