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.
Aston, Matilda Ann aka Aston, Tilly, The woolinappers : or, some tales from the by-ways of Methodism, Spectator Publishing Co., Melbourne, 1905, 104 pp.
—–. Thirty Years in Australia (1903)
—–. Sisters (1904)
—–. The breaking furrow: verses (Melbourne: S. J. Endacott, 1921)
—–. Moods and melodies: sonnets and lyrics (Melbourne: T.C. Lothian, 1908) Downloadable as pdf here (warning: it may download automatically)
Knowles, Marion Miller aka Marion Miller, Shamrock and Wattle Bloom: a series of short tales and sketches, Edgerton and Moore, Melbourne, 1900, 208 pp.
—–. ‘Seen in the Biograph‘, in Charleton, W. R. (ed.), The Red kangaroo and other Australian short stories, John Fairfax and Sons, Sydney, 1907, pp. 232-238.
Praed, Mrs Campbell aka Rosa Caroline Praed (romance and gothic), My Australian Girlhood: Sketches and impressions of bush life, Fisher Unwin, London, 1904, 270 pp.
—–. The Maid of the River, John Long, London, 1905.
—–. The Luck of the Leura, John Long, London, 1907.
—–. A Summer Wreath, Long, London, 1909, 317 pp.
—–. Fugitive Anne: A Romance of the Unexplored Bush (London: J. Long, 1902) 428 pp. Available as pdf
* Links to the Australian Dictionary of Biography online
** Links to AustLit