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FAQ10: What Happens When? An Abbey Time Line.

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Abbey Time Line

Events in EJO’s Life & in the Real World – plus Publication Dates of books


Date

Action of books in ‘Abbey Time’ & Birth Dates of some characters born prior to the beginning of Abbey Series

Queen crowned in that year & Flower/Colour

Elsie Jeanette Dunkerley b. in Southport, 25 November

1880

 

 

 

1886

Geoffrey, Earl of Kentisbury b.

 

 

1891

Mary Dorothy Devine b.

 

 

1893

Andrew Marchwood b.

 

 

1894

Dick Everett b.

 

 

1895

Ivor Quellyn  b.
Jack Raymond  b.

 

 

1896

Miriam Honor  b.
Jock Robertson  b.

 

 

1897

Cicely Hobart  b.

 

 

1898

Janice Macdonald (Jandy Mac) b.
Ken Marchwood b.

 

 

1899

Joan Shirley b. (or early 1900)

 

 

1900

Joy Shirley  b.

 

Death of Queen Victoria

Accession of Edward VII

1901

 

 

 

1903

Jen Robins b.
Ruth Devine b.

 

 

1905

Babs Honor b.

 

 

1906

Rosamund Kane b.
Biddy Devine b.
Maribel Ritchie b.

 

Goblin Island

1907

Maidlin di Ravarati b.
Donald Robertson b.

 

Princess in Tatters

1908

 

 

Conquest of Christina

Girl Who Wouldn’t Make Friends

1909

 

 

Mistress Nanciebel

Holiday Queen

Death of Edward VII

Accession of George V

1910

 

 

Statue of Peter Pan erected in Kensington Gardens

1912

Oct – Jun 1913: Girls of the Hamlet Club

 

Rosaly’s New School

1913

 

Miriam  ‘White’

Girls of the Hamlet Club

Schoolgirls and Scouts

 

Outbreak of World War I

1914

 

Cicely ‘Gold’/

Marguerite ‘Strawberry’

Finding Her Family

At School with the Roundheads

1915

Feb – May 1916: The Abbey Girls

Joy ‘Green’

The Tuckshop Girl

Camp Watéwin set up in Ealing – the Camp Fire of which EJO was Guardian

1916

May: Girls of the Abbey School

May – Aug: Schooldays at the Abbey

Joan ‘Violet’

A School Camp Fire

USA entered World War I

Russian Revolutions

1917

May – Jun: Secrets of the Abbey

Jun – July: Stowaways in A
Jul – Sep: Schoolgirl Jen at the Abbey

Muriel ‘Speedwell’

School of Ups and Downs

 

End of WWI

1918

May – Aug: Strangers at A

Sep – May 1919: Selma at A

Rosalind Kane (Nanta)  b.

Nesta ‘Honesty’

Go-Ahead Schoolgirl

Expelled from School

First trans-Atlantic flight

1919

May – Jul: Tomboys at A

Nov – Jan 1921: AG Go Back to School

Beatrice ‘Stripes’

The Abbey Girls

A School Torment

Twins of Castle Charming

EFDS 4-week Vacation School in Cheltenham

1920

Jun – Dec: Jen of the Abbey School

Barbara ‘Wild Rose’

Girls of the Abbey School

Two Form Captains

1921

Mar – Apr: New Abbey Girls

Apr – Jun: Abbey Girls Again
Dec – May 1922: AG in Town

Rosamund ‘Rose’

Abbey Girls Go Back to School

Patience Joan Outsider

Captain of the Fifth

Dunkerley family move to Worthing

1922

May – Nov: Queen of the AG

Jen ‘Beech Brown’

New Abbey Girls

Junior Captain

1923

Apr – May: AG Win Through

May – Feb 1924: AG At Home

Maidlin ‘Primrose’

Abbey Girls Again

Tickles

School Without a Name

Girls of Gwynfa

1924

 

Anne ‘Clover’
(or ‘Ivy’)

Abbey Girls in Town

Testing of the Torment

Ven at Gregory’s

1925

 

‘Ivy’
(or ‘Clover’)

Queen of the Abbey Girls

Camp Fire Torment

Troubles of Tazy

General Strike

1926

 

‘Bluebell’

Jen of the Abbey School

Patience and her Problems

Peggy Makes Good

First ‘Talkie’ films

1927

May – Jul: AG Play Up

‘Poppy’

Abbey Girls Win Through

Crisis in Camp Keema

1928

Jun – Feb 1929: AG On Trial

Grace Gray ‘Garden’

Abbey Girls At Home

Deb At School

 

Wall Street Crash

1929

Feb – Mar: Biddy’s Secret

Mar – Apr: Rosamund’s Victory

Apr – May: Maidlin to the Rescue

Jul – Sept 1931: Damaris Dances

Molly ‘Hyacinth’

Abbey Girls Play Up

Dorothy’s Dilemma

1930

Jun – Aug: Joy’s New Adventure

Sep – Oct: Rosamund’s Tuckshop

‘Heather’

Abbey Girls On Trial

Deb of Sea House

1931

Mar – May: Maidlin Bears the Torch

Nov – Feb 1932: Rosamund’s Castle

May ‘Lilac’

Biddy’s Secret

Camp Mystery

1932

Mar – May: Maid of the Abbey

Jun: Jandy Mac Comes Back

Jul – Aug: Two Joans at the Abbey

Aug – Jul 1933: Abbey Champion

Mirry ‘Forget-me-not’

Rosamund’s Victory

Reformation of Jinty

1933

Aug – Feb 1934: Robins in the Abbey

Littlejan ‘Marigold’

Maidlin to the Rescue

Jinty’s Patrol

1934

Sept – May 1935: Fiddler for the Abbey

Nov – Jul 1935: Guardians of the Abbey

Jean ‘Rosemary’

Joy’s New Adventure

1935

Jul – May 1936: Rachel in the Abbey

Jansy ‘Lobelia’

Peggy and the Brotherhood

Death of George V

Abdication Crisis

Accession of George VI

1936

May – Mar 1937: Dancer from the Abbey

Rosalind ‘Lavender

Rosamund’s Tuckshop

Maidlin Bears the Torch

Damaris at Dorothy’s

Sylvia of Sarn

1937

Mar – May 1938: Song of the Abbey

Tessa ‘Lupin’

Rosamund’s Castle

Schooldays at the Abbey

1938

Apr – May 1939: Two Queens at the Abbey

Phyllida ‘Wallflower’

Secrets of the Abbey

Outbreak of World War II

1939

 

Elizabeth & Margaret

‘Buttercup’ & ‘Daisy’

Stowaways in the Abbey

Patch and a Pawn

Damaris Dances

1940

 

 

Jandy Mac Comes Back

Adventure for Two

1941

 

 

Pernel Wins

1942

 

 

Maid of the Abbey

1943

 

 

Elsa Puts Things Right

1944

 

 

Two Joans at the Abbey

Daring Doranne

End of World War II

1945

 

 

Abbey Champion

1946

 

 

Robins in the Abbey

Secrets of Vairy

Marjorie Meets the Roses

1947

 

 

Fiddler for the Abbey

1948

 

 

Schoolgirl Jen at the Abbey

Guardians of the Abbey

1950

 

 

Strangers at the Abbey

Rachel in the Abbey

1951

 

 

Selma at the Abbey

Death of George VI

Accession of Elizabeth II

1952

 

 

Dancer from the Abbey

1953

 

 

Song of the Abbey

1954

 

 

Tomboys at the Abbey

New Girls at Woodend

1957

 

 

Two Queens at the Abbey

1959

 

 

EJO Died 9th January

1960

 

 

Note: In the above Time Line, I have omitted years in which no book was published, and when nothing happened in ‘Abbey Time’ either. I have taken the events of Girls of the Hamlet Club as the starting ‘datum point’, basing their date on the remark within that book about the newness of the Peter Pan statue ‘a first sight of Peter Pan in bronze’, and worked out the other dates from that. Of course tying the whole series down to dates AD brings its own problems of inconsistency and anachronisms in the Retrospective series. There are a few discrepancies between dates of birth in this Time Line and my ‘Family Trees’ booklet – especially as I have reconsidered the ages of some of the Abbey Men since that was compiled. Ages and dates within the books are in any case no more than educated guesses, made according to the hints EJO gives us in the text about the ages of her characters – especially the Abbey Girls themselves.

RA 2004

 
 
 
 
 
 
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