Elizabeth O'Conner

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Elizabeth O'Conner
BornBarbara Willard Lowe
Dunedoo, New South Wales, Australia
Died6 May 2000(2000-05-06) (aged 86–87)
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Pen nameAnne Willard
Notable worksThe Irishman
Steak for Breakfast
Notable awards Miles Franklin Award, 1960

Elizabeth O'Conner (1913 – 6 May 2000), born under the name Barbara Willard 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 Philip Birmingham McNamara, manager of a cattle station in March 1942 [2] and moved to Queensland's Gulf Country, where she had four children. [3] She died in Atherton, Queensland in 2000.





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  1. Austlit - Elizabeth O'Conner
  2. "Marriage - Barbara Willard Lowe". www.familyhistory.bdm.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  3. Australian Women's Weekly 03.12.1958