The following list provides links to texts by well-known and forgotten Australian women writers published in the 1880s which are available either to be read online or for download. They are organised alphabetically by author in decade of publication.
Note: For purposes of this list “Australian” is defined loosely and may include authors who wrote books while living in Australia, or who wrote books set in Australia. Many of these text were found in the Colonial Australian Popular Fiction: A Digital Archive (CAPF) and bibliographical details and genre are taken from that archive. (Note: the archivists’ definitions of “romance” might differ from contemporary views.) Links to author names where given are to the CAPF archive, unless otherwise indicated; links to online texts are either to that archive, to pdf versions from the University of Sydney Digital Archive, Project Gutenberg or elsewhere as found. If you find other texts for this list, or better links to any of the books listed below, please let us know via the contact page.
—–. A Mere Chance Vol 2 (1882)
—–. A Mere Chance Vol 3 (1882)
—–. Hall’s Vineyard (1888)
—–. No Longer A Child (1882?)
—–. Awfully Sudden Death (1887) Available serialised on TROVE (chapter 1 here but text needs lots of work)
—–. The Garston House Tragedy (1888) Available serialised on TROVE (chapter 1 here but text needs lots of work)
Pitman, Emma Raymond, Florence Godfrey’s Faith, a story of Australian life, Blackie & Son, London, 1883, 309 pp.
—–. Policy and Passion (1881)
—–. Moloch : A Story of Sacrifice (in several volumes) (1883)
—–. Zero : A Story of Monte Carlo (in 3 volumes) (1884)
—–. Affinities : A Romance of To-Day (1885)
—–. The Soul of Countess Adrian: A Romance (1888)
—–. The Romance of a Station (1889)
—– co-authored with Justin McCarthy, The Right Honourable : A Romance of Society and Politics (1887)
—– co-authored with Justin McCarthy, The Rebel Rose : A Novel (1888)
—– co-authored with Justin McCarthy, The Ladies’ Gallery : A Novel (1888)
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