1930s

The following list provides links to texts by well-known and forgotten Australian women writers published in the 1930s 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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Aston, Matilda Ann aka  Aston, Tilly, Old timers : sketches and word pictures of the old pioneers, Lothian Publishing Co., Melbourne, 1938, 148 pp.

Baily, Elsie Marion, The Chains of Yesterday, published 4 May 1935 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on TROVE.

—–. Outcast of Eden, Johnson, Sydney, 1933, 252 pp. (downloadable as pdf)

Birkett, Winifred.** Three Goats on a Bender, published 29 October 1938 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on TROVE.

Bridges, Hilda.** The House With the Black Blindspublished 4 December 1930 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on TROVE.

Chadwick, Dorothy.** Young April, published 26 Feb 1938 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on TROVE.

Drake-Brockman, Henrietta.** The Disquieting Sex, serialised in Table Talk 1930 (first chapter); republished in The Swan Express 20 June 1946 and available on TROVE (first chapter).

Ercole, Velia. (aka Margaret Gregory) **

—–. “A Kingdom for Lily Skinner”, short story, McLean’s, July 1931: available online for fee.

—–. “A Wise Old Bird is a Pelican”, (“A complete Story”), Table Talk, 12/11/1936, available on TROVE here.

—–. “Accident” (short story), Table Talk, 29/03/1934, available on TROVE here.

—–. “Art and Elizabeth”, Maclean’s, 01/08/1938, available online for fee.

—–. “The Beggar”, Smith’s Weekly, 09/04/1932, available on TROVE here.

—–. “Breakfast After Ten Years”, Table Talk, 31/03/1932, available on TROVE here.

—–. “Brief Discontent”, Maclean’s, 01/04/1935, also Table Talk, 03/09/1936 (p13), available on TROVE here.

—–. “Companion-Help”, short story, Maclean’s, 15/05/1936 (p24), available for fee; also GRIT: story section, Feb 1944.

—–. “Cora and the Rich Man”, The Spokesman Review 02/02/1935. Scanned image of newspaper here. Also published in Table Talk, 02/07/1936, available on TROVE here.

—–. “The Folly of Being Wise”, Table Talk, 03/05/1934, available on TROVE here.

—–. Fool’s Chance, The Home: An Australian Quarterly (1932), available on TROVE here.

—–. “Glamor” (short story), 06/04/1933, Table Talk, available on TROVE here.

—–. “Going to Kenya” (short story), Macleans, 15/09/1931, also Table Talk, 14/03/1932, available on TROVE here.

—–. “Greatest Gain”, Table Talk, 17/09/1936, available on TROVE here.

—–. “Imprisoned”, Table Talk, 28/04/1932, available on TROVE here.

—–. Marriage Made On Earth, published as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on TROVE.

—-. “Marriage Song”, Table Talk, 31/05/1934, available on TROVE here.

—–. “Nineteen and She’d Met a Man”, Table Talk, 29/09/1933, available on TROVE here.

—–. “Noise in the Night”, Table Talk, 16/07/1936, available on TROVE here.

—–. “Nothing Else Serious” (short story), Table Talk, 03/06/1937, available on TROVE here. Might also have been published as “Millicent’s Best Interests”, in Woman’s Home Companion, Oct 1937.

—–. “The Wife of a Genius”, Table Talk, 15/09/1932, available on TROVE here.

Gregory, Ada Leonora, The clouded dream : a story of two incarnations, J.R. Price, Melbourne, 1938, 18 pp. Downloadable here.

Grimshaw, Beatrice.** My South Sea Sweetheart, published 14 May 1938 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on TROVE.

Heney, L.A.B.** [Lucy Amy Beatrice] The Shadow Tree, published 29 January 1938 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on TROVE.

Lancaster, G. B. aka Lyttleton, Edith Joan, Pageant, Endeavour Press, Sydney, 1933, 407 pp. Downloadable here.

Liston, Ellen , Pioneers: stories, E.A. Harwood, Hassell Press, Adelaide, 1936, 190 pp

Morris, Myra.** Wind on the Water, published 28 October 1939 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on TROVE.

Neville, Margot.** [aka sisters Margot Goyder and Ann Joske]:

—–. Giving the Bride Away, published 26 October 1935 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on TROVE.

—-. Jenifer’s Husband, published 2 January 1937 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on TROVE. Detective story.

—–. Kissproof, published 24 Octover 1936 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on TROVE.

—–. Marietta is Stolen, published 31 July 1937 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on TROVE. Detective story.

—–. Sugar Cured, published 23 May 1936 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on TROVE.

Powell, Elizabeth (birth name Effie Williams; aka Mrs Alfred Parsons etc).

—–. The Father’s Have Eaten, published 4 February 1939 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on TROVE.

—–. In the Path of Thunder, published 8 October 1938 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on TROVE.

Richardson, Henry Handel,* The Young Cosima (1939)

Roughley, Edna.** Footsteps, published 13 April 1935 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on TROVE.

—–. Isn’t Life Queer?, published 24 November 1934 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on TROVE.

Simpson, Helen, Boomerang, William Heinemann, London, 1932, 506 pp.

—–. The woman on the beast: viewed from three angles, William Heinemann, London, 1933, 492 pp.

—–. Under Capricorn, William Heinemann, London, 1937, 305 pp.

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* Links to the Australian Dictionary of Biography online
** Links to AustLit

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