K. Langloh Parker

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K. Langloh Parker
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
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 "Katie" Langloh Parker (1 May 1856 – 27 March 1940) was a writer who lived in northern New South Wales in the late nineteenth century.[1] She is best known for recording the stories of the Aboriginal people around her. As their culture was in decline, because of pressure by European settlers, her testimony is one of the best accounts we have of the beliefs and stories of the Aboriginal people of north-west New South Wales at that time. However, her accounts reflect European prejudices of the time, and so to modern ears her accounts contain a number of misconceptions and racist comments. Their value is illustrated by her recording of an account of Baiame dating from around 1830, which is the earliest known reference to Baiame, casting doubt on the assertion that it was a construct of European missionaries.

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. 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, or Euahlayi, stories which were to make her famous. Two years after Langloh died in Sydney in 1903, she met and married[2] Percival Randolph Stow (son of Randolph Isham Stow), and lived with him in Adelaide until her death in 1940.




  1. ^ "Parker, Catherine (Katie) Langloh - Woman - The Australian Women's Register". 
  2. ^ "Family Notices.". Sydney Morning Herald. NSW: National Library of Australia. 15 December 1905. p. 6. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 


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