The following list provides links to texts by well-known and forgotten Australian women writers published in the 1920s which are available either to be read online or for download. They are organised alphabetically by author in decade of publication.
Ansted, Josephine (1898?-?) The son of the bondwoman, H. G. Forster, Sydney, 1925, 380 pp. (Birth year deduced by a children’s letter to the editor by a “Josephine Ansted” of Mosman in 1913 which gives the letter-writer’s age as 15 years, an attribution which may in error; the surmise that “Ansted” is the author’s maiden name comes from a review of her novel in the The Sydney Morning Herald (1925) which refers to the author as “Miss Josephine Ansted”. Review of The Son of the Bondwoman here, with photo of the author; mentions a second novel almost complete. There are archival records of Ansted’s correspondence with Angus & Robertson held on microfilm at the Mitchell Library.
—–. “A Ship’s Boy” (1926, Jan 19), The Australian Women’s Mirror, p6, continued on p51. For the inspiration of this story, see the anecdote about Josephine and her husband here. (Item may take a while to load.)
Cross, Zora Bernice May (1890-1964), An introduction to the study of Australian literature (Sydney : Teachers’ College Press: Angus & Robertson, 1922) text downloadable here.
Ercole, Velia** (1893-1978)
—–. “Freedom”, Country Life, 16/01/1925, available on TROVE.
—-. “Heroica”, The Australian Women’s Mirror, 4/43 (1928), available on TROVE.
—–. “The Lion’s Share: Christmas Story”, The Grenfell Record and Lachlan District Advertiser , 22/12/1942; (p2), available on TROVE.
Harper, Edith Alice Mary, writing as Anna Wickham aka John Oland*** (1883-1947), The little old house: [poems] (London: Poetry Bookshop, 1921). Downloadable here. See also, New and Selected Poems of Anna Wickham Edited by Nathanael O’Reilly (UWAP, 2017)
—–. Pretty Nan Hartigan, Pellegrini, Melbourne, 1928, 213 pp.
—–. Pierce O’Grady’s daughter: an Australian story, Pellegrini & Co., Melbourne, 1928, 308 pp.
Morris, Myra* (1893-1966), “One Little Life“, The Bulletin, Vol 47, no. 2445 (26 Dec 1926), p 49. Available for viewing on TROVE (you might need to scroll down). Short story. A girl grows up expecting great things.
—–. “Tyranny.” (Short story) The Bulletin, (2 Dec 1929), p17, available on TROVE. An artist pities a poor young man.
Mulry, Mary Egan (1963-1934), The nobleman jackaroo, Simpson, Halligan & Co., Brisbane, 1927, 152 pp.
—–. Ultima Thule (1929)
* Links to the Australian Dictionary of Biography online
** Links to AustLit
*** Links to Wiki
**** Links to VictorianResearch.org
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.