1880s

The list below provides links to texts by well-known and forgotten Australian women writers published in the 1880s which are available either to be read online or for download. They are organised alphabetically by author in decade of publication. (Longer-length works are in italics; short works are in quotation marks.)

< Texts by Australian women published in the 1860s and 1870s

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“A Hobart Young Lady.”
—–. A Daughter of Herodias (1887), ch1; links to other chapters available via the Australian Newspaper Fiction Database (ANFD).
—–. All Through Pluto (1881), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANFD.
—–. Did I Love Her? An Australian Novel (1882), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANF Database.
—–. Mr Fortescue’s Will (1884), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANF Database.

Blitz, Julia, aka Mrs A Blitz, aka “Modicum”. Identified as Australian and female in ANFD.
—–. After a Hundred Years (1884), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANFD.
—–. Cousin Polly. A Tale of Cudtheringa (1887), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANFD.
—–. Crushed Flowers (1889), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANFD.
—–. Heilbronn (1883), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANFD.
—–. “The Story of a Queensland Banknote” (1887); ch1, ch2, ch3.
—–. “The Wurtamurtah Estate Prize” (1887), chs1&2; ch3, ch4.

Bode, Mrs J A. aka “Ettie E Ayeliffe”. Identified as Australian and female in ANFD.
—–. “A Tale of Colonial Life” (1889).
—–. The Flaw in the Diamond (1885), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANFD.

Broad, Mrs Alfred. Identified as Australian and female in ANFD. “Nerea: A Romance of the Sea” (1889), ch1, ch2, ch3, ch4.

Cambridge, Ada (1844-1926).
—–. A Girl’s Ideal (1881-82), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANFD.
—–. “A Honeymoon Adventure” (1884), I-VII, VIII-X, XI-XII (conclusion).
—–. A Little Minx (1885), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANF Database.
—–. A Mere Chance Vol 1 (1882); Vol 2 (1882); Vol 3 (1882); also serialised and available in TROVE, ch1; links to other chapters available via ANFD.
—–. A Successful Experiment (1884), a story in 6 parts; part 1; links to other parts available via ANF.
—–. A Black Sheep: Some of the Episodes of His Life (1888) [aka A Marked Man], ch1; links to other chapters available via ANFD.
—–. A Woman’s Friendship (1889), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANF.
—–. Against the Grain (1882), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANFD.
—–. Against the Rules (1885), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANFD.
—–. Missed in the Crowd (1881), prologue; links to other chapters available via ANFD.
—–. “Mrs Carlisle’s Enemy” (1884), a story in four parts: I, II, III, IV.
—–. Mrs Carnegie’s Husband (1884-85), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANFD.
—–. My Guardian (1887); chapters VII-VIII available via ANFD.
—–. The Perversity of Human Nature (1887-88), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANFD.
—–. The Three Miss Kings (1883), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANFD.
—–. “Under Favourable Circumstances” (1884), I&II; III.

Campbell-Praed, Mrs (Rosa).
—–. Miss Jacobsen’s Chance (1886), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANFD.

Carroll (also “Carrol”), Janet. Identified as Australian and female in ANFD.
—–. By The River’s Side (1882), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANFD.
—–. “Color Tainted” (1883).
—–. “Harriette Hurst’s Christmas” (1883), ch1; ch2.
—–. “Marc Grecli” (1884), ch1; ch2; ch3.
—–. “Theodora Vail: A Story in Six Chapters” (1882), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANFD.

Castilla, Ethel. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. “Sara Champion: A Tale of the Early Days of Melbourne” (1889).

Chads, Ellen Augusta or “E.A.C.” (circa1837/1843-1923).
—–. “A Terrible Honeymoon” (1887; short story available on TROVE). A minister recounts the tragedy experienced by his young wife in her former marriage. Set on an island, possibly Ceylon/Sri Lanka.
—–. “Colonal Montague’s Secret” (1885; short story available via TROVE)
—–. Fulke Egerton’s Vow (1880): Ch1, Ch2
—–. “The Ghost of Wanganilla” (1889; short story available via TROVE). A newcomer to the colony investigates the appearance of a “ghost”.
—–. The Haunted Grange (1880; serialised in multiple publications; available via TROVE), Ch1, Ch2, Ch3, Ch4, cont. Ch4, Ch5, cont. Ch5, Ch6, cont. Ch6 & Ch7; Ch8, Ch9 &Ch10; cont. Ch10 & start Ch11; cont. Ch11 & start Ch12, Ch12, cont. Ch13 & start Ch14; cont. Ch14 final)
—–. “Olive Carlisle’s New Year’s Gift” (1881; short story)
—–. “What Katie Vaughan Lost and Gained on Christmas Day” (1880; short story)

Chubb, Christian Westgarth (née Macarthur). Identified as Australian and female in ANFD.
—–. “Het: A Romance of the Bush” (1887).

Couvreur, Jessie aka Tasma (1848-1897).
—–. A Sydney Sovereign (1887), ch1; (poor quality scan); links to other chapters available via ANFD. [replublished by Angus&Robertson and reviewed in 1993]
—–. Mr Schenck’s Pupil (1885), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANFD.
—–. Uncle Piper of Piper’s Hill: an Australian novel, Trübner & Co, London, 1889, 348pp (romance)

Daley, Mrs Dominic. Identified as Australian and female in ANFD.
—–. “Bob Willett’s Wooing” (1887), I (12Nov87), II (19Nov87).
—–. Digging, Squatting, and Pioneering Life in the Northern Territory of South Australia (1887), published by S. Low, Marston, Searle& Rivington.

Davidson, Harriet Miller (1839-1883), Sir Gilbert’s Children (children’s story, published posthumously in serialised form in The Adelaide Observer, commencing with Chapter 1 (22 March 1884)

Dugdale, Henrietta Augusta* (1827-1918), A Few Hours in a Far-Off Age (1883) links to pdf

Duncan, Lindsay. Identified as Australian and female in ANFD.
—–. “A Sacrifice to Friendship. A Love Story” (1889), I, II.
—–. “For Mab. The Story of Two Christmas Gifts” (1883), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANFD.
——. “Miss Dainty. A Story in Two Chapters” (1887), I, II.
—–. “Snapdragon. A Christmas Story” (1882)
—–. Up The River (1884), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANFD.
—–. “How I Became a Burglar” (1886)
—–. “Jack Paignton’s Opinions” (1883), I, conclusion.
—–. Tales of Our Township (1888), I, II, III, IV.

Dunn, Annie Powis. Identified as Australian and female in ANFD.
—–. “Robin Adair” (1887).
—–. “True Till Death” (1887).

Fenton, Alberta L. Identified as Australian and female in ANFD.
—–. Ruby (1886), ch1/5Jan, ch2/7Jan, chs3&4/11Jan.
—–. “Under the Wattle: Or Jessie’s Revenge – A Christmas Story” (1889), ch1/24Dec89, ch2/9Jan90, ch3 (cont. and final)/18Jan90.

Foote, Maria Hannay, aka “Egeria” and “Tau”. Identified as Australian and female in ANFD.
—–. A Squatter’s Daughter (1887), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANFD.
—–. “A Wet Day and its Professional Result” (1887), chs1-3; chs4-6.
—–. Her Vote and Interest (1889), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANFD.
—–. “Joe’s Escape” (1887).
—–. “Just In the Usual Way: An Australian Story” (1886), ch1; ch2.
—–. “Moongi, the Hot Spring Maiden: The Story of a Sable Cinderella” (1887), chs1&2; chs3-4.
—–. Nothing To Grieve For (1889), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANFD.
—–. Like Mist on the Mountains (1888), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANFD.
—–. “P.P.C.” (1889), I, II, III.
—–. “The Proud Chairs” (1888).
—–. “Since the Years Began” (1887).
—–. “Until the Everlasting Morning” (1887), ch1; ch2.
—–. “Yundthul and the Blind Chief: An Australian ‘Beauty and the Beast'” (1888), chs1&2; chs3&4.

Fortune, Mary Helena. aka “Waif Wander” and “W.W.”.
—–. “’Bride’ of the Mountain” (1887), available via TROVE: I, II, III, IV.
—–. “Bridget’s Locket” (1886), ch1, ch2, ch3, ch4.
—–. “Christmas on the Coast” (1881), available via TROVE.
—–. Dan Lyon’s Room (1884), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANFD.
—–. “The Detective’s Album: The Convict’s Revenge” (1884): I; II; III; IV.
—–. “The Detective’s Dream” (1886), available via TROVE.
—–. “‘Flot’: The Waif of the Sea – A Christmas Story” (1885), available via TROVE.
—–. “Ike’s Sin: A Story of the Sea” (1884), available via TROVE.
—–. “In 1854” (1881).
—–. “The Moffat Mystery” (1887), I, II, III.
—–. “Monk’s Mark” (1882), available via TROVE.
—–. “Mr Montford’s Room” (1882), available via TROVE.
—–. “On Christmas Eve” (1880)
—–. “The Lady of Roanaki: A Story of Christmas Eve” (1884)
—–. “The Shadow On the Grass: A Christmas Story” (1883), available via TROVE

Franc, Maud Jeanne (1827-1886).
—–. “By Our Own Door: A Christmas Gift” (1883).
—–. “The Child Bella and Her Happy Christmas” (1884).
—–. “Doctor Harden’s Theories: A Christmas Climax” (1886).
—–. Golden Gifts: An Australian Tale (1883?)
—–. Hall’s Vineyard (1888)
—–. “How Annie Saved Me: A Christmas Day Adventure” (1884).
—–. John’s Wife (1888)
—–. No Longer A Child (1882?)
—–. “Tom Morrison’s Golden Christmas” (1882).
—–.
Underneath: A Christmas Day’s Revelations” (1885).

Gaunt, Mary, aka M. Gaunt.
—–. Bingley’s Gap: A Tale of Colonial Days (1888), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANFD.
—-. “Miles Dunlop’s Mistake” (1889), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANF Database.

Goldney, Jessie Maria. Identified as Australian and female by ANFD.
—–. “Esther Vere’s Petition” (1880); chs1&2; ch2 (cont. 6May80); ch2 (cont. 13 May1880); ch2 (concluded; 20May80).

Ham, Alice. Identified as Australian and female by ANFD.
—–. Under Capricorn (1889), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANFD.

Liston, Ellie.
—–. “Doctor” (1882).
—–. “Our Baggage Mule” (1883).

Lockett, Jeannie (nee Jane Beattie),**** (1847-1890)
—–. The Millwood Mystery (1886) serialised in Australian Town and Country Journal, available on TROVE (commencing with Chapter 1, 13 November 1886). Scant biographical details are available. She was born Jane Beattie (NSW birth registration #702/1847 V1847702 550). She married Thomas Lockett in 1868 (#3527/1868). She possibly worked in Narrandera as a primary school teacher, 1880-circa 1888. She died in Sydney in 1890 (NSW death registration #1669/1890).
—–. Awfully Sudden Death (1887) Available serialised on TROVE (chapter 1 here but text needs lots of work)
—–. The Garston House Tragedy (1888) Available serialised on TROVE (chapter 1 here but text needs lots of work)

Lloyd, Jessie Georgina,* aka Mrs G. A. Lloyd and “Silverleaf” (1843-1885).
—–. “A Bush Ball” (1884).
—–. “A Corroborie” (1883).
—–. “A Tight Fix” (1883).
—–. “The Aborigines of New South Wales— their Habits, Laws, and Customs”, part 1; part 2, part 3, part 4.
—–. “Dr Lambert’s Troubles” (1883).
—–. “The Guest of Yarrawandah” (1884).
—–. “The Legend of Red Bluff” (1882), ch1, ch2, ch3.
—–. “Life’s Epochs” (1880).
—–. “Mackenzie’s Ghost” (1883).
—–. “More Sinned Against Than Sinning” (1883).
—–. Retribution (1884) ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANFD.
—–. “The Silverleaf Papers: Poor People” (1882).
—–. “Three Christmases” (1886), 1st, 2nd, 3rd.
—–. “The Willoughbys” (1882), ch1; ch2.

Martin, Catherine, aka H Derwent. Identified as Australian and female by the ANFD.
—–. “A Stray Kitten” (1883), I, II, III, IV, V.
—–. Cadenabbia (1882), I, II, III, IV.
—–. Clare’s Christmas (1880), ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANFD
—–. “How I pawned my Opals” (1881), chapters available via the ANFD.

Maunsell, Isabella. Identified as Australian and female by the ANFD.
—–. “Dandy Dan” (1888), ch1, ch2.
—–. “How Harry Wildford Went Home” (1882), written for The Queenslander Christmas Supplement.
—–. “The Magic Stone” (1889), ch1; ch2.

Meander, Mrs. Identified as Australian and female by the ANFD.
—–. “Lord Naseby’s Nephew: A New Zealand Story” (1883).

Meredith, Louisa Anne (1812-1895), Nellie, or, Seeking Goodly Pearls (1882)

Mona. Dorothy Dunbar (1886), published in The Port Adelaide News and Peninsula Advertiser, ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANF Database.

Montefiore, Caroline L, aka “Eric”.
—–. “The English Cousin”, published in The Queenslander, ch1; links to other three chapters available via the ANFD
—–. Meta’s Ordeal (1888), published in Australian Town and Country Journal, ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANFD.
—–. Put to the Test (1887-1888), published in The Illustrated Sydney News, ch1 (15Aug87); ch2; ch2 (cont.); ch3 (15Sep87); ch4; ch5; chs6,7 &8 (15Oct87); ch8 (cont.) (15Nov87); ch9; ch10 (22Feb88); ch11; ch12; ch13; ch13 (cont.)&14; ch15 (16Apr88); ch15 (cont; 26Apr88); ch16; ch17; ch18; ch18 (cont. 31May88); ch19; ch20; ch20 (cont.; 28Jun88) & 21; ch21 (cont. 26Jul88); ch22 (cont.); ch23; ch24 (30Aug88); ch25; ch25 (cont.); ch26 (27Sep88); ch27; ch27 (cont.); ch28 (25Oct88); ch29 (29Nov88); ch30 (final).

Morrice, E C. aka E Charles aka Mrs W Morrice. Identified as female and Australian in the ANFD.
—–. “An Australian Idyl” (1887), ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANF Database.
—–. “Guilty or Not: An Australian Tale” (1885), ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANFD.
—–. “The Rightful Heir: An Australian Christmas Story” (1884), ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANFD.
—–. Under the Southern Cross: A Tale of Australian Life (1884), ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANFD.

Murrell, Laura. aka “Karuna”. Identified as female and Australian in the ANFD.
—–. As A Tale Is Told (1881), ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANFD.

Neale, Agnes. aka Caroline Agnes Ahearn and Caroline Agnes Leane. (1842-1892). Author identified as female and Australian in the ANFD.
—–. “My Opposite Neighbour” (1882)
—–. “My Saxon” (1889).

“Onyx”. Author identified as female and Australian in the ANFD.
—–. “A Thousand Pounds” (1880), published in The Queenslander, ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANFD.
—–. Constance Duchesne: Is Life Worth Living? (1881), published in The Brisbane Courier, ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANFD.
—–. Divers Ways (1882); written for and published in The Queenslander, ch1; links to other chapters available via ANF Database.
—–. Ianthe’s Vision: Or, Forewarned is Forearmed (1887), published in The Queenslander, ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANFD.
—–. Marcia (1882), published in The Brisbane Courier, ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANFD.
—–. “Nona: A True Dog Story” (1887), published in The Queenslander.
—–. Off The Beaten Track (1887), published in The Queenslander, ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANFD.
—–. Sir Peter (1884), published in The Queenslander, ch1 (very poor quality text); links to other chapters available via the ANFD.
—–. “The Waif of the Red Sea: A Fact” (1886), written for and published in The Queenslander.

Palmer-Archer, Laura M. aka “Miss Archer”. Identified as Australian and female in the ANFD.
—–. Mr Moore (1880), ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANFD.

Parkes, Clarinda, aka “Ariel”.
—–. “How Bill and Bridget Went On A Tramp” (1880).

Pitman, Emma Raymond (1841-?), Florence Godfrey’s Faith, a story of Australian life, Blackie & Son, London, 1883, 309 pp. [English author writing about Australia]

Praed, Mrs Campbell aka Rosa Caroline Praed (1851-1935), An Australian Heroine (1880; romance and gothic): list of ebook versions available here
—–. Policy and Passion (1881)
—–. Nadine: The Study of a Woman Vol 1 and Vol 2 (1882)
—–. Moloch : A Story of Sacrifice (in several volumes) (1883)
—–. Zero : A Story of Monte Carlo (in 3 volumes) (1884)
—–. Affinities : A Romance of To-Day (1885)
—–. Australian Life: Black and White (London: Chapman and Hall,1885)—–. The Head Station : A Novel of Australian Life Vol 1 and Vol 2 (1885)
—–. Miss Jacobsen’s Chance: A Story of Australian life (1886)
—–. The Soul of Countess Adrian: A Romance (1888)
—–. The Romance of a Station (1889)
—– co-authored with Justin McCarthy, The Right Honourable : A Romance of Society and Politics (1887)
—– co-authored with Justin McCarthy, The Rebel Rose : A Novel (1888)
—– co-authored with Justin McCarthy, The Ladies’ Gallery : A Novel (1888)

Rawson, Wilhelmina Frances aka “L.R.” and “Lance”. Identified as Australian and female in ANFD.
—–. “A Ride Behind A Bushranger” (1887).
—–. “How Jack Hammer Lost His Young Wife: A True Story of Queensland” (1887), ch1; ch2.
—–. “Janie: A True Tale of the Australian Bush” (1887), ch1, ch2, ch3.

Rowland, Effie Adelaid. Identified as Australian and female in ANFD.
—–. “A Child of the Age” (1886), I, I (cont.), II & III, III (cont.) & IV, IV (cont.) & V, VI (cont.) & VI (final).

Spence, Catherine Helen* (1825-1910), Gathered In: a novel (1881). Also for download here.
—–. An Agnostic’s Progress, from the Known to the Unknown (1884)
—-. A Week in the Future (1889). Also for download here.
—–. “The Blue Bottle” (1883), published in Adelaide Observer, ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANFD.
—–. “Breach of Promise” (1884).
—–. Gathered In (1882), serialised in The Queenslander, ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANF Database.
—–. “The Hen’s Language” (1886), published in Adelaide Observer.
—–. The New Mama (1880; for children), ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANF.
—–. Substantive or Adjective, serialised in The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser, ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANFD.
—–. “The Wonderful Bottle” (1883), I, II, III, IV.

Spiller, Mrs E. Identified as Australian and female in ANFD.
—–. “Bebie: A Christmas Story” (1884).

Storrie, Agnes L. aka “Avea”. Identified as Australian and female in ANFD.
—–. “Grapes from a Thorn: A Short Story” (1887).

Sweetapple, Anna Mapleson. Identified as Australian and female in ANFD.
—–. Sowing the Wind (1884), ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANF Database.

St Buxton, H A. Identified as Australian and female in ANFD.
—–. The House With Crooked Chimneys (1881), ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANF Database.
—–. The Old Garden Seat (1881), ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANF Database.

Welch, Sarah** (1851-1914).
—–. The Dying Chorister, and the Chorister’s Funeral: Poems (1879). Able to be viewed here.
—–. Mr Fumecrab’s Breakfast-Table Lectures (1881) pdf downloaded here.

Whitfeld, Adeline J.
—–. “Liberty and Equality” (1895), nonfiction essay touching on women’s suffrage and independence.

Winstanley, Eliza aka “Mrs E Winstanley”. Identified as Australian and female in ANFD.
—–. Married to an Actress (1880), ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANFD.
—–. Twenty Straws (1884), ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANFD.

Wren, Jenny. Identified as Australian and female in ANFD.
—–. Dark or Fair. A Story of Town and Country (1889), ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANFD.

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Texts by Australian women published in 1890s >

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