1890s

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.

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Baker, Louisa Alice  aka Alien, The untold half, Hutchinson & Co., London, 1899, 406 pp. downloadable as pdf

Blitz, Mrs A. (Julia), An Australian millionaire, Ward, Lock & Bowden, London, 1894, 498 pp. downloadable as pdf

Caffyn, Kathleen aka Caffyn, Mrs Mannington and Iota (romance), A comedy in spasms, Hutchinson, London, 1895, 282 pp.

Cambridge, Ada, The Three Miss Kings (1891)

—–. 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.

Couvreur, Jessie aka Tasma (romance), A Sydney Sovereign and Other Tales, Trübner & Co, London, 1890, 219 pp.

—–. In Her Earliest Youth (1890)

—–. The penance of Portia James, William Heinemann, London, 1891, 293 pp.

—–. Not Counting the Cost (1891)

Field, Catherine Eliza Somerville: aka Parker, K. Langloh, Australian legendary tales, Melville, Mullen & Slade, Melbourne, 1896, 132 pp.

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.

Gaunt, Mary, Dave’s Sweetheart, Melville, Mullen and Slade, Melbourne, 1894, 264 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.

Lawson, Louisa (unknown publication date, Dert” and “Do, Dawn Newspaper Office, Sydney, 107 pp. [1890-99?]

Lockett, Jeannie,**** The Case of Dr. Hilston (1890) Available serialised on TROVE (chapter 1 here but text needs lots of work)

Osmond, Sophie,** Dulgabeena : an Australian story (1894)

Mack, Louise (romance), Teens: A Story of Australian School Girls (1897)

—–. Girls Together, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1898, 226 pp.

Manning, Emily, The Story of a Royal Pendulum (1890). Available serialised on TROVE (chapter 1 here but text needs lots of work)

Martin, Catherine (romance, An Australian girl, Richard Bentley and son, London, 1891, 474 pp.

—–. The Silent Sea (1892)

Martin, Harriet Anne aka Martin, Mrs Patchett (ed.), Coo-ee : tales of Australian life, by Australian ladies, Griffith Farran Okeden & Welsh, London, 1891?, 318 pp.

Nelson, Harriet Arnold, The Romance of the Greystones, An Australian Story, Ward, Lock & Co., London, 1899, 314 pp.

Praed, Mrs Campbell aka Rosa Caroline Praed (romance and gothic), December Roses: A Novel (1892).

—–. 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

—–. Mrs Tregaskiss : A Novel of Anglo-Australian Life (1895)

—–. Nulma (1897)

—–. The Scourge-Stick (1898)

—–. Madame Izan: A Tourist Story (1899) available as pdf

Quin, Teth aka Quinn, Ethel, The well-sinkers : an Australian pastoral, T. Fisher Unwin, London, 1899, 224 pp.

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.

Richmond, Lily, Sally: a Sydney tale, in three parts, George Robertson and Co., Melbourne, 1897, 321 pp.

Thomas, Margaret, The Story of a Photograph, in Martin, Mrs Patchett (ed.), Coo-ee : tales of Australian life, by Australian ladies, Griffith Farran Okeden & Welsh, London, 1891?, pp. 257-270.

—–. 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.

Turner, Ethel.** The Story of a Baby (1895)

Waterhouse, Jessie Mabel, For Marjory’s Sake: a story of South Australian country life (1893) on iTunes here.

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

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