1860s

The following list provides links to texts by well-known as well as forgotten or overlooked Australian women writers published in the 1860s which are available either to be read online or for download. They are organised alphabetically by author. Links to contemporary publications digitised on TROVE have been found with the assistance of the Australian Newspaper Fiction Database (ANFD). If any are broken or incorrect, please let us know via the contact page.

Links are to TROVE unless otherwise stated. Titles in [brackets] indicates print copy only found.

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Anderson, Emma Frances b. 1842, Mauritius; d. 1868, Mauritius; arrived in Australia 1845.
—–. “An Australian Girl’s Farewell” (1863, poem)
—–. [Colonial Poems (London: E Marlborough & Co: 1869); print copy available at SLNSW]
—–. [“Free, Yet Bound! An Australian Tale” (1863), The Adelaide Musical Herald in three instalments, beginning in March; held at SLNSW.]

Atkinson, Louisa. aka “L.A.”
—–. “A Trip From Windsor to Mt Tomah” (1863; nonfiction article)
—–. “A Voice from the Country“: nonfiction articles (published 19 Jan 1860; 1 Mar 1860; 6 Apr 1860; 15 May 1860; 5 Jun 1860; 12 Jul 1860; 31 Jul 1860; 9 Aug 1860; 19 Oct 1860; 24 Dec 1860; 28 Jan 1861; 11 Mar 1861; 10 Apr 1861; 1 May 1861; 2 Jul 1861; 30 Jul 1861; 30 Jan 1862; 20 Mar 1862; 10 Jun 1862; 8 Aug 1862; 2 Sep 1862; 23 Oct 1862; 2 Jan 1863; 12 Feb 1863; 2 May 1863; 2 Jul 1863 22 Sep 1863: “Recollections of the Aborigines”; 25 Sep 1863: continuation of previous; 9 Nov 1863; 5 Jan 1864; 14 Jul 1864; 1 May 1865)
—–. Debatable Ground: Or the Carlillawarra Claimants (1861). Serialised in the Sydney Mail, ch1; ch2; ch3; ch4; ch5; ch6; ch7; ch8; ch9; ch10; ch11; ch12; ch13; ch14; ch15; ch16; ch17; ch18; ch19; ch20; ch21; ch22; ch23; ch24; ch25. (Links found with the assistance of the ANFD.)
—–. Myra. (1864) Serialised in the Sydney Mail, ch1; ch2; chs 3 and 4; chs 5 and 6; ch7; ch8; ch9; ch10; ch11; links to chapters found with the assistance of the ANFD.
—–. “Lecture on Australian Literature” (1864; nonfiction report).

Boyd, Bertha Martin (1836-1873). Goulburn Herald obituary 1873
—–. “A Day-Dream : On Looking at Goulburn from One of the Peaks of the Oak-Hills” (1868, poem)
—–. “A Vision of the Hours” (1869, poem)
—–. “Australian Dewdrops: The Storm Clouds” (1868, poem)
—–. “Babel’s Streams” (1868, poem)
—–. “The Changing Year: On Reading a Poem of Tennyson’s” (1868, poem)
—–. “Christmas” (1869, poem)
—–. “Christmas in Australia” (1868, poem)
—–. “Daniel in the Lion’s Den” (1868, poem)
—–. “Home Even Unto Death” (1868, poem)
—–. “Wait Awhile” (1869, poem)

Campbell, Mrs. A. (1830-1887)
—–. Rough and Smooth: Of, Ho! For An Australian Gold Field (Quebec: Hunter Rose, 1865, prose travel) – link to archive.org

Congreve, Emily aka “Little Jacob” (b.1830; d. 28 Sep 1896). Obituary in The Advertiser (29 Sep 1896); obituary in Quiz and Lantern (1 Oct 1896).
—–. [Colonial Pen-Scratchings; or, Sketches of South Australian Life (Adelaide: Emily Congreve, 1860; selected work, short story) – print copy available at National Library of Australia]
—–. “Floy: A Tale by Little Jacob” (1866; serialised novella): ch1; ch2; ch2 (cont.); ch3 (cont.); ch4 (cont.); ch5; ch6; ch6 (cont.); ch8; ch9; ch10; ch11; ch12; ch13; ch15; ch16; ch17; ch19; ch20; ch21; ch22 (final).
[Essay on author: Elaine Barker, “Who was ‘Little Jacob’?.” Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia, (18), pp. 83–93]

Davidson, Harriet Miller*** (1839-1883).
—–. Christian Osborne’s Friends (1869) – link to Google Books
—–. Isobel Jardine’s History (1867) – link to Google Books

Davitt, Ellen (1812-1879).
—–. Force and Fraud – originally published in serial form in Australian Journal (1865); republished as an ebook ($) by Clan Destine Press (together with a short story by Davitt, “The Highlander’s Revenge”). Dubbed as “Australia’s first mystery novel”. Free digital version of the Australian Journal is available online via State Library of NSW, starting with Chapter 1 here, but needs log in to access. Membership of SLNSW is free to all residents. Other libraries may grant similar access.

Debney, Ellen Elizabeth aka “Ellie”, Ellen Elizabeth Turner, Mrs G.R. Debney (1833-1870). Most of the poems listed on AustLit database appeared in the Adelaide Miscellany (not available online but print edition available at SLNSW).
—–. “How to Write a Letter” (no original date given; reprinted 1910)
—–. “The Lost Child’s Garden” (1860)

Desda aka Mrs Davies (1836-1890)
—–. “The Dog Nuisance” (1867, poem)
—–. “Australia“, “Land of beauty, love and light” (1860, poem)
—–. “The Relief of the Distressed” (1867, poem)

Dunlop, Eliza Hamilton,** a.k.a. Eliza Law; E. H. Dunlop; Mrs E. H. Dunlop; Eliza H. Dunlop; E. Hamilton Dunlop.  b. 1796, Armagh, Northern Ireland; d. 1880, Wollombi, NSW
—–. “A Phase of Ireland in the 16th Century” (1867, poem)
—–. “A Problem” (1867, poem)
—–. “Ambition” (1863, poem)
—–. “Aphorisms” (1868, poem)
—–. “Death” (1867, poem)
—–. “The Desert Pea” (1869, poem)
—–. “Erin Dheelish” (1865)
—–. “Life” (1863, poem)
—–. “The Past” (1863, poem)
—–. “Past and Present” (1862, poem)
—–. “Reminiscences of Byron” (1864, poem)
—–. “Rendirse a la Bazon” (1863; poem translated from Spanish)
—–. “Song of An Exile” (1862, poem)
—–. “Time’s Album” (1864, poem)
—–. “The Two Graves” (1865);

Eastmure, Alice Ashton** (1833-1894)
—-. “A Sinner’s Prayer” by “A.A.E.” (1865, poem)
—–. “Flutter On” by “A.A.E” (1865, poem)

Edgar, Lucy Anna** aka Theresa Tasmania (1838-?). AustLit lists 49 works by Edgar under the name of “Theresa Tasmania”.
Note: the following stories published in Australian Journal are available to library card holders of the State Library of NSW (requires login; membership free to residents); other libraries may grant similar access.
—–. “A ‘Model’ Dream” (1869, essay), Australian Journal, vol V, issue 54.
—–. “A Search After a Model” (1866, fiction): Australian Journal, vol II, Issue 56.
—–. “Annie” (1867, poem), Australian Journal, vol II, issue 96.
—–. “The Blessedness of Hope” (1869, article), Australian Journal,vol IV, issue 50
—–. “The Charm” (1866, poem), Australian Journal, vol I, issue 40.
—–. “The First and Second Love” (1866, poem) Australian Journal, vol I, Issue 40.
—–. “The Flowers of the Earth” (1867, essay), Australian Journal, vol II, issue 97.
—–. “ ‘Here’ and ‘There’,” (1867, poem), Australian Journal, vol II, issue 99.
—–. “I think of Thee” (1866, poem); Australian Journal, vol II, issue 62.
—–. “IOLA” (1866; poem), Australian Journal, vol I, issue 32.
—–. “The Lonely Man at the Old Haunt” (1866; poem): Australian Journal vol II, issue 62.
—–. “The Old Grange Door“, (1869) Australian Journal, vol IV, issue 50.
—–. “On Finding a Pressed Violet In A Book” (1866, poem), Australian Journal, vol II, issue 90.
—–. “Polly’s German Master” (1869, short story), Australian Journal, vol IV, issue 51.
—–. “Tit For Tat“, (1869)  Australian Journal, Australian Journal, vol IV, issue 46.
—–. “To the Desponding Heart” (1867, poem) Australian Journal, vol II, issue 95.
—–. “Under the Wattle” (1869, poem), Australian Journal, vol IV, issue 50.
—–. “Waiting“, (1869, short story) published in Australian Journal, vol IV, issue 188.
—–. “Zeraph” (1866, short story), Australian Journal vol II, issue 68

Evans, Matilda Jane* (nee Congreve), aka Maud Jeanne Franc (1827-1886).
—–. Emily’s Choice (1865)link to Google Books.
—–. Golden Gifts. Originally serialised in the Kapunda Herald (1867), Ch1; ch2; ch3; ch4; ch5; ch6; ch7; ch8; ch9; ch10; ch11; ch12; ch13; ch14; ch15; ch16; ch17; ch18; ch19; ch20; ch21; ch22; ch23; ch24; ch25; ch26; ch27; ch28; ch29; ch30; ch31; ch32; ch33; ch34; ch35; ch36; ch37; links to chapters found with assistance from the ANFD. – link to TROVE; the 1869 edition, published by Scandrett & Elliott, Kapunda, can be accessed on Google Books.
—–. Silken Cords and Iron Fetters (1869-70) – link to Google Books.
—–. Vermont Vale (1863-64; young adult novel) – link to Google Books.

Fortune, Mary Helena* (1833-1911), aka “Waif Wander” and “W.W.”.
Many of Fortune’s stories, published in the Australian Journal, may be found via Gale Primary Sources, accessible via the NSW State Library (log in required; Australian Journal record identifier: 74VKVrXok4RZ). Some were collected in Australia’s first volume of detective stories, The Detective’s Album (1871). Fortune continued to publish the “album” stories throughout the 1870s and 1880s, and at least one was reprinted in newspapers digitised on TROVE. For ease of accessing the links, the stories in The Detective’s Album will be collated separately from other of Fortune’s fiction below.
—–. “Aunt Emma’s Sacrifice” (1866; Gale link, log in required)
—–. “Bertha’s Legacy” (1866; Ch1 Gale link, log in required; ch4; ch9; ch11; ch12 (cont.); ch15; ch17; ch19;
—–. “The Bouquet of Roses” (1866; Gale link, log in required)
—–. “Canada” (1866; poem; Gale link, log in required)

—–. “Cooee” (1865; poem), Australian Journal I, 4 (23 Sep 1895), available via NSW State Library eresources (Gale link; log in required)
—–. “Dare-devil Bob; or, the Australian hunters” (1866; Gale link, log in required)
—–. “Dora Carlton” (1866; Gale links, log in required: ch1; ch3; ch6; ch10; ch12; ch16; ch19; ).
—–. “Down Bourke Street” (1869; Gale link, requires log in)
—–. “The Gold Fever; and how it attacked Mr Vereker” (1866; Gale link, log in required)
—–. “The Heir of Corthwait: a tale” (1866; Gale link, log in required)
—–. “Jim Dickson’s Fit of the Horrors” (1865; Gale link, log in required)
—–. “Kirsty Olgivie” (1866; Gale link, log in required)
—–. “Our Last Crushing”, Australian Journal V, 52 (1 Sep 1869), available via NSW State Library eresources (Gale link; log in required).
—–. “Recollections of a Digger (1865; essay; Gale link, log in required)
—–. “The Secrets of Balbrooke: a tale” (1866; Gale links, log in required: ch1; ch3; ch5; ch6; ch6 (cont.) and ch7; ch8; pages missing? end of ch12 and ch13; ch14; ch15; ch18; ch21; ch25; ch27; ch28; ch29; ch30; ch31; ch32; ch34; ch35; ch37; ch40; ch44; ch47; ch49; ch50)
—–. “The Shadow of the Hills” (poem by Waif Wander), Australian Journal V, 52 (1 Sep 1869), available via NSW State Library eresources (Gale link; log in required).
—–. “Tarramea” (1866; Gale link, log in required)
—–. “Werrimut: a tale” (1866; Gale link, log in required)
—–. “The Witch’s Prophecy” (1866; Gale link, log in required)
The Detective’s Album (serialised in the Australian Journal 1868-70):
—–. “The Red Room”, Australian Journal IV, 167 (7 Nov 1868), available via NSW State Library eresources (Gale link; log in required).
—–. “The Fratricide”, Australian Journal IV, 172 (12 Dec 1868), available via NSW State Library eresources (Gale link; log in required).
—–. “Simple Sam”, Australian Journal IV[V?], 168 (23 Jan 1869), available via NSW State Library eresources (Gale link; log in required).
—–. “The Poisoner”, Australian Journal IV[V?], 46 (1 Mar 1869), available via NSW State Library eresources (Gale link; log in required).
—–. “Fire”, Australian Journal IV, 167 (1 Apr 1869), available via NSW State Library eresources (Gale link; log in required).
—–. “The Ruby Ring”, Australian Journal IV[V?], 167 (1 May 1869), available via NSW State Library eresources (Gale link; log in required).
—–. “The Dead Man’s Seat”, Australian Journal IV, 49 (1 Jun 1869), available via NSW State Library eresources (Gale link; log in required).
—–. “The Geneva Watch”, Australian Journal IV[V?], 50 (1 Jul 1869), available via NSW State Library eresources (Gale link; log in required).
—–. “Lost Ella”, Australian Journal IV[V?], 51 (1 Aug 1869), available via NSW State Library eresources (Gale link; log in required).
—–. “Love”, Australian Journal V, 53 (1 Oct 1869), available via NSW State Library eresources (Gale link; log in required).
—–. “The Convict’s Revenge”, Australian Journal V, 54 (1 Nov 1869), available via NSW State Library eresources (Gale link; log in required). Later published (1884) and available via TROVE.
—–. “The Missing Bracelets”, Australian Journal V, 55 (1 Dec 1869), available via NSW State Library eresources (Gale link; log in required).
—–. “The Commissioner’s Cousin”, Australian Journal V, 56 (1 Jan 1870), available via NSW State Library eresources (Gale link; log in required)
—–. “The Dead Girl’s Garter”, Australian Journal V, 57 (1 Feb 1870), available via NSW State Library eresources (Gale link; log in required)


Henning, Rachel Biddulph** (1826-1914).
—–. “Queensland Centenary Pageant: Rachel Henning writes from Exmoor” (original text published in 1863; republished in The Bulletin, 26 August vol. 80 no. 4150 1959; (p. 18-19,51); note: scroll down for text)

Kelly, Honora Frances aka Bundarrania, b. 1848, 7 Apr, Barraba, NSW; d. 1898, Jul, Stony Creek Station, NSW.
——. “The Token” The Australian Journal, 16 May vol. 3 no. 142 1868:  604-606; available online with library membership via SLNSW
—–. “What Spoiled My Taste for Fishing”. The Australian Journal , 31 October vol. 4 no. 166 1868″ 156-157; available online with library membership via SLNSW

Liston, Ellen aka “Ellie L*****” (1838-1885): Liston’s obituary from the Adelaide Observer 29 Aug 1885 reads:

Death of Miss Liston.—Very sincere regret will be felt by many of our readers at the death of Miss Ellen Liston at Marrabel. Miss Liston was a lady of great literary talent, whose writings have been for many years a source of great enjoyment to the readers of the weekly newspapers. For the past two or three years failing health prevented Miss Liston engaging in the literary work which she loved so well, but the charm of the tales and verse which have appeared under the signature of “Ellie L.” will be long re-membered. Miss Liston began her literary career by contributing to the weekly paper published in Adelaide by the late Mr. Sinnett, but for the past twenty years most of her contributions have appeared in the Adelaide Observer. Her novel “The Stauntons” will still be remembered by many of our readers, but “Auckland Marston” will be more familiar to residents in the colony of Victoria, where it was published. Besides these novels Miss Liston wrote many small poems and a number of short stories, which have appeared in the Observer often at Christmastime. Among the latter those which will be most readily remembered are some of the more recent ones—”Tread upon Roses, but Forget Me Not,” “Doctor,” “Our Domestic Helps,” and “Our Baggage Mule.” Miss Liston has left an unpublished novel, “The Kessons.” Miss Liston was formerly in the Education Department, but failing health compelled her to abandon the arduous duty of teaching, and for several years and until her death she occupied the position of mistress of the Post and Telegraph Office at Marrabel. The deceased lady was a sister of Messrs. Henry Liston of Adelaide, W. Liston of Kapunda, and D. Liston of Port Adelaide.

[Note: It appears the early short works mentioned above, although originally published from the 1870s onwards, were published posthumously under the title Pioneer Stories in 1936. Other stories in the anthology include: “My Neighbour’s Mystery“; “How A Woman Kept Her Promise“;.”What They Would Do With It“; and many more – links to the Australian Popular Fiction Digital Archive. Nothing about her unpublished novel, “The Kessons”, has yet come to our attention.]

—–. “Cousin Lucy’s Story” (1869)

Meredith, Louisa Anne. nee Twamley. Shared entry in Australian Dictionary of Biography with her husband Charles. Launceston Examiner obituary (22 Oct 1895), Daily Telegraph obituary (25 Oct 1895), Illustrated Sydney mention (4 Jun 1892).
—–. “A Tasmanian Memory of 1834“, poem extracted in The Cornwall Chronicle (4 Sep 1869), context given in Meredith’s My Home in Tasmania – link to TROVE
—–. “EBBA” serialised weekly in The Australasian 1866-1867. Set in a small village in the UK, with an interposed narrative set in New Orleans; a problematic, mixed genre novel which includes a comedy of manners, murder mystery and tragedy. In March 1867, its instalment was bumped to May, giving way to Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. [Text of “EBBA” on TROVE corrected October 2021, with reference to a copy accessed online via State Library NSW] Ch 1; Ch 2; Ch 3; Ch 4; Ch 5; Ch 6; Ch 7, Ch 7 (cont.); Ch 8; Ch 9, Ch 9 (cont.); Ch 10; Ch 11; Ch 12; Ch 13, Ch 13 (cont.); Ch 14; Ch 15; Ch 16, Ch 16 cont.; Ch 17; Ch 18; Ch 19, Ch 19 (cont.); Ch 20; Ch 21; Ch 22; Ch 23; Ch 24, Ch 24 (cont.); Ch 25; Ch 26 with start of Ch 27; Ch 27 (cont.); Ch 28; Ch 29; Ch 30, Ch 30 cont.; Ch 31; Ch 32; Ch 33; Ch 34, Ch 34 (cont.); Ch 35; Ch 36; Ch 37; Ch 38; Ch 39; Ch 40; Ch 41; Ch 42; Ch 43; Ch 44; Ch 45; Ch 46; Ch 47; Ch 48; Ch 49; Ch 50; Ch 51; Ch 52; Ch 53; Ch 54; Ch 55; Ch 56; Ch 57; Ch 58; Ch 59; Ch 60; Ch 61; Ch 62; Ch 63; Ch 64; Ch 65; Ch 66; Ch 67; Ch 68; Ch 69; Ch 70; Ch 71; Ch 72; Ch 73; Ch 74; Ch 75; Ch 76; Ch 77. Links found with assistance from the ANFD. Also published as Phoebe’s Mother (London: Tinsley Brothers, 1869). Caveat: The serialised version displays racism towards non-White characters in terms of both language and description.
—–. Over the Straits: A Visit to Victoria (1861): copies in Gutenburg Australia and archive.org
—–. Some of My Bush Friends in Tasmania: native flowers, berries, and insects, drawn from life, illustrated in verse, and briefly described.(1860) Also in The Hobart Town Mercury, 30 Apr 1860 (article) – link to University of Tasmania

O’Doherty, Mary Eva** a.k.a. Mrs Kevin I. O’Doherty and “Eva of the Nation” (1830-1910)
—–. “The Holy Well “ “O lonely, silent, crystal well,” (1868, poem)
—–. “Queensland” “Thou art in sooth a lovely land,” (1862, poem)

Parkes, Clarinda** aka Menie Parkes, “Alethea”, “Ariel” (1813-1884).
—–. A Lonely Lot (1863), serialised in Sydney Mail, ch1; ch2; ch3; ch4; ch5; ch6; ch7; ch8; ch9; ch10; ch11; ch12; ch13; ch14; ch15; ch16; ch17; ch18; ch19; ch20; ch21; ch22; ch23; ch24; ch25; ch26; ch27; ch28 (conclusion); links to chapters found with the assistance of the ANFD.
—–. “A True Love” (1860; poem)
—–. Benedicta (1867), serialised in Sydney Mail, ch1; ch2; ch3; ch4; ch5; chs 6 and 7; chs 8 and 9; chs 10 and 11; ch12; chs 13 and 14; chs 15 and 16; chs 17 and 18; chs 19 and 20; chs 21 and 22; chs 23 and 24; chs 25 and 26; chs 27 and 28; chs 29 and 30; chs31 and 32; chs 33 and 34 (conclusion). Links to chapters found with assistance of ANFD; – links to TROVE
—–. Bitter-Sweet – So Is the World (1860), serialised in Sydney Mail, ch1; ch2; ch3; ch4; ch5; ch6; ch7; ch8; ch9; ch10; ch11; ch12; ch13; ch14; ch15; ch16; ch17; ch18; ch19; ch20; ch21; ch22; ch23; ch24; ch25; ch26; ch27; ch28; ch29?; chs 30 and 31 (mislabelled? chs 29 and 30? AustLit database describes the book as having 30 chapters);  links to chapters found with assistance from ANFD.
—–. “Miss Jessie’s Schooldays, and What Became of Them,” (1860); pieces published in Australian Home Companion and Band of Hope Journal, Nov 17; Dec 1; Dec 29.; – links to TROVE
—–. Pet Perennials, continued. A series of short stories published in The Australian Home Companion and Band of Hope
[No number 6? The Index for Volume V has the first “Pet Perennials” of 1860 commencing on page 26 (28 Jan 1860); this story is labelled VII (below).]
Pet Perennials 7:1; 7:1 (cont.); 7:1 (concl.); 7:2; 7:2 (cont.); 7:3: a widow and her son are left impoverished in colonial Sydney; through hard work and honest, Christian living, he achieves a worldly reward before a heavenly one.
Pet Perennials 8:1; 8:1 (cont.); 8:2; 8:2 (cont.); 8:3; 8:4; 8:4 (cont.): a romance in which a poor, working class girl of Irish extraction has the choice of two suitors, one wealthy but a drinker, who offers her a step up in class; the other poor, but hard-working and sober. Sydney working-class setting.
Pet Perrenials 9:1; 9:1 (cont.); 9:2; 9:2 (cont.); 9:3: story of a clergyman’s unrequited love, addressed to a child, “Menie”.
Pet Perennials 10:1; 10:1 (cont.); 10:2; 10:2 (cont.): a moral tale in which two young men quarrel as to the wisdom of trying their luck at the gold-diggings; refers to the Bathurst diggings.
Pet Perennials 11:3 [mislabelled as 3 instead of 1?]; 11:3 (cont.); 11:3 (cont.); 11:3 (concl.);
Pet Perennials 12:1; 12:1 (cont.); 12:1 (concl.); 12:2;12:2 (cont.); 12:3; 12:3 (cont.); 12:3 (concl.); 12:4; 12:5; 12:5 (cont.); 12:6; 12:6 (cont.); 12:7; 12:7 (cont.); 12:8; 12:8 (cont.). Links found with assistance from The Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. Poems (1866)
—–. Which Wins? A Tale of Life’s Impulses (1861), serialised in Sydney Mail, ch1; ch2; ch3; ch4; ch5; ch6; ch7; ch8; ch9; ch10; ch11; ch12; ch13; ch14; ch15; ch16; ch17; ch18; ch19; ch20; ch21; ch22; ch23; ch24; ch25; ch26; ch27; ch28; ch29; ch30; links to chapters found with assistance from ANFD; – links to TROVE

Ramsay-Laye, Elizabeth** aka Isabel Massary (1832-1932).
—–. Our Cousins in Australia, or, Reminiscences of Sarah Norris (1866_ – link to Google Books
—–. Social life and manners in Australia: being the notes of eight years’ experience, Longman, Green, Longman and Roberts, London, 1861, 209 pp – link to Australian Popular Fiction Digital Archive
—–. Social Life in Sydney; or, Colonial Experience: An Australian Tale (1866) – link to Google Books

Selby, Elizabeth** aka Bess of the Forest, the Lincolnshire Lass and possibly Elizabeth Wild.
—–. Long Bay (Sydney, 1865?), 64 pp. downloadable as pdf. Contains a number of short pieces and poems, mixed with biography. Link to Australian Popular Fiction Digital Archive.

Spence, Catherine Helen** (1825-1910), aka “Miss Spence”.
—–. Mr Hogarth’s Will, 3 vols (Richard Bentley, London, 1865) downloadable as pdf; or read facsimile online at archive.org
—–. Hugh Lindsay’s Guest (1867), serialised in Adelaide Observer, ch1; ch2; ch3; ch4; ch5; ch6; ch7; ch8; ch9; ch10; ch11; ch12; ch13; ch14; ch15; ch16; ch17; ch18; ch19; ch20; ch21; ch22; ch23; ch24; ch25; ch26; ch27; ch28; ch29; ch30; ch31; ch32; ch33; ch34; ch35; ch36; ch37; ch38; ch39; ch40; ch41; ch42; ch43; ch44; ch45; ch46; ch47; ch48; ch49; ch50; ch51; ch52; ch53 (conclusion); links to chapters found with assistance from ANFD.
—–. The Author’s Daughter (1867); or read facsimile online at archive.org

Staniforth, Amy Susanna aka Mrs Staniforth, Susanne Staniforth, Amy Susannah Lowley. b. [1790]; d. 1868. Obituary, The Age, 16 Jul 1868.
—–. Australia and Other Poems (1863; available via State Library of Victoria digital collections; access conditions may apply and may take a while to download; also available in print at SLNSW). The collection includes poems written by Staniforth as a young woman in England and Bavaria; the following poems appear to have been written after her emigration to Australia:
—–. A Mite towards the Amusement of my Friends on board the “South Sea”, on our Passage to Australia, January 1, 1853 (circa 1853; p148)
—–. A Spirit’s Ramble (1 October, 1862; p240)
—–. Directions for Choosing a Wife (Yass, 1858; p115)
—–. Dreams (1860; p224)
—–. “God is Good” – But what is Man? (1860; note: “Written at Lambing Flat [now Young], Nov. 15, 1860”; p122)
—–. Lines Addressed to the Family of the late much respected Captain Francis Allman, who Died in Yass, October 23, 1860 (circa 1860; p119)
—–. Lines Written in the Album of a Dear Friend (Mrs. A. McKay), February, 1861 (1861; p162)
—–. On the Appointment of the Honorable T. Murray to the Speaker’s Chair, in Sydney (circa 1860; appointment made 1860; Murray’s late wife Mary had been a friend of Staniforth’s; p177)
—–. On the Death of His late deeply lamented and universally beloved Royal Highness Albert, Prince Consort of England (circa 1861; p232)
—–. On the Death of Mrs. Terence Aubrey Murray, Late of Winderadeen, Lake George, N.S.W. (Mrs T A Murray, nee Mary Gibbes died in May 1858; p219)
—–. The Settler’s Grave (evidently written while resident in Australia; Indigenous references on page 47; p41)
—–. “Time was – Time is – and Time is to come.” Lines Addressed to her Youngest Child, Georgina, on her Marriage (Georgina married in 1858; 184)
—–. The Visions and Whisperings of a Spirt in its Night Watch over the World. Written in Illness (Note: mentions Australia and murder for gold; so evidently written after her arrival in Australia; 65)
—–. To Mrs. Dun, with a Sofa Cushion (Barratta, 1861: 215)
—–. To my Grandson – Henry William Staniforth Ricketson (1860, “Barratta, New South Wales, March; 59)
—–. To my Isabel Amy, on her Marriage, December, 1860 (1860; 211)

Vidal, Mary Theresa* (1815-1873).
—–. Bengala, or, Some Time Ago (1860) – link to Australian Digital Collections

Wood, Susan Nugent b. 1836; d. 1880
—–. Bush Flowers from Australia (1867; links to SLNSW digital resources; may require log in)
—–. Women’s Work in Australia: by a daughter of the soil (Melbourne: Mason and Firth 1862; links to SLNSW digital resources; may require log in); reprinted Hobart: Walch & Sons, 1867 “by Mrs Nugent Wood“.

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* Links to the Australian Dictionary of Biography online
** Biographical entry can be found via AustLit (subscription; can be accessed with National Library of Australia membership)
*** Links to Wiki
**** Links to “People Australia,” National Centre of Biography website
***** Links to Colonial Australian Popular Fiction: A Digital Archive

Note 1: 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. If you find other texts for this list, or better links to any of the books listed, please let us know via the contact page.

Note 2: No guarantee can be made as to the legibility of articles in digitised newspapers on TROVE links to which are found below. Some facsimile copies may be only partially illegible; clearer copies may sometimes be found via NSW State Library eresources collection (requires log in for full online access). It is AWWs’ aim that all copies will be legible in time, but we rely on volunteers to do this work. Any effort to correct the TROVE texts would be greatly appreciated.