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) ** Marriage Made On Earth, published 10 June 1939 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on TROVE.

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

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

Powell, Elizabeth. 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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