The following list provides links to texts by well-known and forgotten Australian women writers of the 19th and early 20th centuries 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.
—–. Not all in Vain (1892)
—–. Materfamilias (1898)
Chads, Ellen Augusta (romance), Tracked by bushrangers : and other stories : together with, Work for the Master : a series of papers for women, George Robertson and Co. , Melbourne, 1891, 95 pp.
—–. In Her Earliest Youth (1890)
—–. The penance of Portia James, William Heinemann, London, 1891, 293 pp.
—–. Not Counting the Cost (1891)
Fisher, Mary Lucy (Lala), (ed.), By creek and gully : stories and sketches mostly of bush life, told in prose and rhyme, by Australian writers in England, T. Fisher Unwin, London, 1899, 308 pp.
—–. The Moving Finger (London: Methuen, 1895) short story
—–. Kirkham’s Find (1897)
—–. Deadman’s, Methuen, London, 1898, 304 pp.
Hardwicke, Elizabeth, The Cost of an Error (1897). Download pdf here.
Knowles, Marion Miller aka Marion Mille, Barbara Halliday: a story of the hill country of Victoria, George Robertson and Co., Melbourne, 1896, 320 pp.
—–. Girls Together, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1898, 226 pp.
—–. The Silent Sea (1892)
Nelson, Harriet Arnold, The Romance of the Greystones, An Australian Story, Ward, Lock & Co., London, 1899, 314 pp.
—–. The Romance of a Chalet: A Story (1892)
—–. Christina Chard : A Novel (2 versions available) (1893)
—–. Outlaw and Lawmaker (in 3 volumes) (1893)
—–. The Romance of a Station: An Australian Story (London: Chatto and Windus, 1893) – available as pdf
—–. Nulma (1897)
—–. The Scourge-Stick (1898)
—–. Madame Izan: A Tourist Story (1899) available as pdf
Rawson, Wilhelmina Frances aka Mrs Lance Rawson, ‘The Bushman’s Rest‘, in Martin, Mrs Patchett (ed.), Coo-ee : tales of Australian life, by Australian ladies, Griffith Farran Okeden & Welsh, London, 1891?, pp. 177-256.
—–. ‘To My Cigarette‘, in Fisher, Lala (ed.), By creek and gully : stories and sketches mostly of bush life, told in prose and rhyme, by Australian writers in England, T. Fisher Unwin, London, 1899, pp. 163-166.
—–. ‘Struck Gold‘, in Fisher, Lala (ed.), By creek and gully : stories and sketches mostly of bush life, told in prose and rhyme, by Australian writers in England, T. Fisher Unwin, London, 1899, pp. 75-84.
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