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.


Cambridge, Ada, A Mere Chance Vol 1 (1882)

—–. A Mere Chance Vol 2 (1882)

—–. A Mere Chance Vol 3 (1882)

Dugdale, Henrietta Augusta,* A Few Hours in a Far-Off Age (1883) links to pdf

Couvreur, Jessie aka Tasma (romance), Uncle Piper of Piper’s Hill: an Australian novel, Trübner & Co, London, 1889, 348 pp

 Franc, Maud Jeanne, John’s Wife (1888)

—–. Hall’s Vineyard (1888)

—–. Golden Gifts: An Australian Tale (1883?)

—–. No Longer A Child (1882?)

Lockett, Jeannie,**** The Millwood Mystery (1886) Available serialised on TROVE (chapter 1 here but text needs lots of work)

—–. 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)

Meredith, Louisa Anne, Nellie, or, Seeking Goodly Pearls (1882)

Pitman, Emma Raymond, Florence Godfrey’s Faith, a story of Australian life, Blackie & Son, London, 1883, 309 pp.

Praed, Mrs Campbell aka Rosa Caroline Praed (romance and gothic), An Australian Heroine (1880): list of ebook versions available here

—–. Policy and Passion (1881)

—–. Nadine: The Study of a Woman Vol 1 and Vol 2 (1882)

—–. 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)

—–. Australian Life: Black and White (London: Chapman and Hall,1885)—–. The Head Station : A Novel of Australian Life Vol 1 and Vol 2 (1885)

—–. Miss Jacobsen’s Chance: A Story of Australian life (1886)

—–. 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)

Spence, Catherine Helen,** Gathered In: a novel (1881). Also for download here.

—–. An Agnostic’s Progress, from the Known to the Unknown (1884)

—-. A Week in the Future (1889). Also for download here.

Welch, Sarah, Mr Fumecrab’s Breakfast-Table Lectures (1881) pdf downloaded here.


* Links to the Australian Dictionary of Biography online
** Links to AustLit
*** Links to Wiki
**** Links to VictoriaResearch.org