1890s A-L

1890s A-L

The list below provides links to texts by Australian women writers published in the 1890s with surnames beginning A-L 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. Some titles are listed for which online copies have not been found and are indicated by [brackets]; some of these may be available via library membership.

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A Mildura lady
The Athertons (1893, serialised novel)

Adams, Bertha Southey aka Bertha Adams, B. S. Adams, Mrs T C Brammall, Berth Southey Brammall, Bertha Brammall; b. 1877 Hamilton, Tas; d. 1957 Sydney, NSW; biographical snippet (21 Mar 1936); widowed 1945 (ref)
A scene on the North-West Coast (1894, poem)
— A wandering lamb (1897; children’s fiction), ch1, ch2; ch3; ch4; ANFD entry.
The answer (1898, poem)
— Betty (1896; children’s fiction), ch1, ch2.
The butterfly (1894, poem children’s)
— Darliea: a fairy tale of Ceylon (1897), ch1, ch2; ch3; ch4; ch5; ch6; ch7; ANFD entry.
— [Dusky Dell (Launceston, Tas, The Examiner, 1898); print copy available at SLNSW)] review 1898.
— Ethel: the short tale of a tennis ball (1898; children’s fiction), ch1, ch2.
Firelight fancies (1894; poem for children)
— The fool of the shadowy valley (1896; children’s fiction): ch1; ch2; ch3; ch4; ch6; ch7; ch8; ch11; ch12; ch16; ch18; ch20; ch21; ch22; ch23; ch25 (final).
How it happened (1897, poem – very faint scan)
— In the heart of the glowing coals (1898; children’s fiction), ch1, ch2; ch3; ch4; ch5 (not labelled?); ch6; ch7; ANFD entry.
Lassie (1897, poem)
— Mates and Moses (1896, children’s fiction): ch1; ch2; ch3; ch4 (13 Jun); ch4 (20 Jen); Jun 27; ch7 (4 Jul); ch9 (11 Jul); 18 Jul; ch9 (25 Jul); ch10 (1 Aug); ch12 (8 Aug); 15 Aug; ch13 (22 Aug);
— Monica (1897), ch1, ch2; ch2 (cont.); ch3; ANFD entry.
Nameless (1898, poem)
One of many (1897, poem)
The pilgrim’s grave (1896, poem)
Sunrise at Hamilton-on-Forth (1896, poem)
— The three B’s (1899; children’s fiction), ch1; ch2; ch3; ch4; ch5; ch6; ch7; ch8; ch9; ch9 (cont.) (Sat 6 May); ch10 (Sat 6 May); ch13 (Sat 13 May); ch14 (Sat 13 May); ch14 (Sat 20 May); ch15 (Sat 27 May); ch16 (Sat 3 Jun); (note: chs 11 and 12 missing or after 9 mislabelled? ANFD entry.
Wattle (1898, poem)
— Yu-Yu’s love tale (1898, children’s fiction), ch1; ch2; ch3; ch4; ANFD entry.

Anderson, Thistle; a.k.a. M. C. Fisher; Thistle M. C. Anderson; Thistle Clavering Fisher; Thistle Clavering Shearmur b. 12 Oct 1878, Scotland; arrived in Australia 1885; interview with the author (19 May 1905); biographical snippet in The Bulletin (1905)
[— Carmen (1897, short story adventure) appears in The Australian Journal, access via SLNSW requires log in: Gale link]

Baker, Louisa Alice*****  aka Mrs L A Baker, Dot , Alice and Alien. Birth name: Louisa Alice Dawson b. Warwickshire, England 1856; d. Deal, Kent, England,1926). Note: English author who lived in New Zealand from 1863 to 1894 and set three of her novels partly in Australia, so probably spent some time in Australia.
— Confidences to her cousins across the sea (Ladies Column: 21 Sep; Ladies Column: 23 Nov; 1895)
The untold half (London: Hutchinson & Co.1899, 406 pp.) Downloadable as pdf. Link to Australian Popular Fiction Digital Archive.

Bateson, Caroline Emma aka C.E.B. , Mrs C E Bateson b. 1856; d. 1906
Exit Bogie! (1898, short story)
Goodie and Grandma (1899, short story; children’s fiction :”selected from the Western Australian Fairy Tale book”)
Lady Santa Claus (1899, short story; children’s fiction: “selected from the Western Australian Fairy Tale book”)
My enthusiastic relation: a tribute to the memory of the late Dr. Schomburgk (1891, biography)

Baynton, Barbara aka B.B. , B (1857-1919)
Good-bye Australia  by B. B. (1899, poem)
Fragments: day-birth and to-morrow (1899, poems)
The tramp (1896)

Bedford, Ruth b. 2 Aug 1882, Petersham, NSW; d. 24 Jul 1963, Paddington NSW
Rhymes (1893) – link to SLVIC digital collection+

Benham, Agnes b. [1850]; d. [1915]; mother of Rosamond Agnes (Benham) Taylor.
— [Untitled] (1898, criticism)

Blair, Florence aka Louisa Florence Blair, Mrs Florence Baverstock, “Cleo”, “A Victorian girl” (with her sister Lillian); b. 1860; d. 1937
A suggested experiment (1896, short story)
A woman’s letter, ed. (1897, column in The bulletin)
Aggie (1898, short story; writing as Cleo)
An English shrine (1895, short nonfiction)
Christmas joys (1895, short nonfiction)
Deceivers ever (1895, short story; writing as Cleo)
In a rebel camp (1892, short nonfiction)
The Manly boat (1898, short nonfiction)
Misc. articles for The argus (1890s, short nonfiction)
Paris amusing itself (1895, short nonfiction)
Samoan bogies (1892, short nonfiction)
Some London players (1895, short nonfiction)
The un-Pacific isles (1899, short nonfiction)
The vanished army (1896, poetry)
The voice of Rachel (1894, poetry)
In Waverly cemetery (1899, poetry; writing as Cleo)
— “The women who do” (1895, short nonfiction)

Blitz, Mrs A. (Julia) (1847-1923).
An Australian millionaire (1893, serialised novel), also published by Ward, Lock & Bowden, London, 1894, 498 pp. downloadable as pdf. Link to Australian Popular Fiction Digital Archive.

Bode, Ettie aka Bode, Mrs. J. A. aka Ettie E Ayeliffe (1836-1920).
A Christmas sonnet (1890, poem)
An idyl (1891, poem)
Christmas (1893, poem)
Christmas (1894, poem)
Christmas carol (1898, poem)
Christmas lines (1897, poem)
Help! (1893, poem)
— The Lubra in Australian Poets: 1788-1888 ed. Douglas W B Sladen, New York: Cassell Publishing Company 1890: 60 (pdf)
Sighingsweet: a fairy tale (1891, short story)
Too much governed (1891, poem; attributed to Ettie S Bode , but most likely a typo)

Broad, Mrs Alfred. Identified as Australian and female in ANFD. Possibly the married name of Emmeline Fanny Ray (source: Wikipedia entry on Alfred Scott Broad).
— [After the Summer Rain, The Centennial magazine, Sep 1890 edition; print copy available in SLNSW]

Braithwaite, Marie, aka Jack Rugby and E J Braithwaite, nee Maria Black. b. circa 1861; d. 1927 (obituary)
A broken curb (1899, short story)
A cat’s paw (1899, short story)
A haunted station (1898, short story)
A romance of the camp (1897, short story)
An unpromoted officer (1897, short story)
The bread of Cain (1898, short story)
The colt breaker (1898, short story)
How I aided an absconder (1898, short story)
In bonds of brotherhood (1899, short story)
In the grasp of a madman (1898, short story)
Katie (1897, short story)
Mrs Wilson’s family pride (1897, short story)
My aunt’s legacy (1898, short story)
Old Miller’s tambourine (1897, poem)
Tommy’s abduction (1899, short story)

Browne, Jessie Campbell aka Mrs W C Browne, Mrs William Charles Browne; Ecce Homo
The three sisters (Parramatta: Fuller’s Printing Works, 1892) – link to NSWSL digital collection

Bruton, Nellie, birth name: Helen Bruton; aka Helene Jerome, Helen Bruton Jerome; also writes as Nellie Bruton, Helen Bruton; b. 10 May 1883, London, Eng; d. 10 Feb 1966, Berkshire, Engl. As Nellie Bruton , the author began publishing at an early age, several poems appearing in The freeman’s journal, The bulletin, Sydney Mail and Cosmos magazine (ref) in the late 1890s. Bruton married the editor of Cosmos, Armand Jerome, in 1900 (ref).
A woman and a fly (1899, short story)
At dusk (1899, prose)
White roses (1897, poem)
You and I (1899, poem)

Bulcock, Emily Hemans; birth name Emily Palmer; b. 1877; d. 1969
Lost illusions (1898, poem)

Caffyn, Kathleen aka Caffyn, Mrs Mannington, K M Caffyn, and Iota (romance) (1853-1926). AustLit database lists Iota as a visitor, rather than Australian.
A comedy in spasms, Hutchinson, London, 1895, 282 pp. Link to Australian Popular Fiction Digital Archive.

Cambridge, Ada (1844-1926).
— A breath of the sea (1897; short story serialised in Australian Town and Country Journal): 20 22 Jan; 29 Jan; 5 Feb.
— A sweet day (1898, short story): 6 Aug; 13 Aug.
The ambushed enemy (1898; originally in Windsor Magazine; reprinted Hamilton Spectator)
The charm that works (1891, novella): ch 1; ch2; ch3; ch4; ch5; ch6 (poor print quality); ch7; ch8; ch9; ch10; ch11; ch12; ch13; ch14; ch15. Links in Trove found with assistance from The Australian Newspaper Fiction database. Print quality not good.
Company: a love episode (1891)
In the dead of night (1897): ch1; ch2; ch2 (cont.); ch3; ch3 (cont.); ch4; ch4 (cont.); ch5; ch5 (cont.); ch6; ch7 (conclusion). ‘In the Dead of Night’ is well written, and records the discovery, after many years, of a singularly sensational episode in the history of an old English home. (From a ATJC promotion 2 Oct 1897.)
Not all in vain (1892) – links to archive.org; also published in serial form in 1890 in The Australasian.
Materfamilias (1898) – links to gutenberg.org; also serialised in Evening news.
— One of These Little Ones (1905, short story): 11 Jun; 18 Jun.
The three Miss Kings (1891) – links to gutenberg
— Two old fogies (1898): ch1; ch 1(cont.); ch2; ch3; ch3 (cont.); ch4 (conclusion).
— The wind of destiny (1898, in Australian Town and Country Journal): 20 Aug; 27 Aug. A shower of rain, a space of clear moonlight filled with romance, and a million other manifestations bf the inanimate world, are factors in the fate of man. Trifles light as air have often more influence upon him than all the wisdom of all the ages, and matters apparently of no more moment than the thistledown that floats in the vagrant wind change the whole course of his existence. This is the theme of ‘The Wind of Destiny,’ by the well-known novelist Ada Cambridge, which will appear in our issue of August 20. It is a well written story, the stage upon which the little drama is played being a yacht on the pleasant but on this occasion somewhat boisterous-waters of Hobson’s Bay. ATCJ promotion (6 Aug 1898).

Carmichael, Jennings aka Grace Elizabeth Jennings, Carmichael, Mrs Francis Mullis. b 24 Feb 1867, c 9 Feb 1904. Carmichael published several short stories, as well as hundreds of poems (listed on AustLit database).
— A brown little girl (1897): ch1; ch2; ch3; ch4.
A camp-fire confidence (1895, short story)
A Christmas house party (1896)
— A case of identity (1896): ch1; ch2.
— [The Children of the Bush: A Sketch , The Antipodean 1892: 69-73, available at SLNSW]
Christmas Day at the children’s hospital Melbourne (1893, column)
— A little hoyden (1898): ch1; ch2.
Bullocks (1896, short story)
Gyp’s dream: in the children’s hospital (1890, poem and short story)
Hospital children: sketches of life and character in the children’s hospital, Melbourne (1891) – link to SLNSW Digital Collections
Jack’s snake story (1891)
Larry (1896, short story)
Mac’s experiment (1897, short story)
— [My old station home, Centennial Magazine vol 2 no 7, 1890: 556-560; available in hard copy and microform SLNSW]
Nipped in the bud (1895, short story)
Real old chums (1896, short story)
— Too late (1896, short story): ch1; ch2.

Castilla, Ethel aka Ethelrita Ramos de Castilla, aka “Viva”. b. Kyneton, Vic 1861; d. Camberwell, Vic, 1937. [Note on the death of her sister Amy, one of the first women graduates in medicine at Melbourne University and a founder of the Women’s Hospital, 19 Nov 1898. Mentioned briefly in Women in Australian literature The Advance Australia, 15 Oct 1918 and again in Who were they? by W E Fitz Henry, The Bulletin, 8 Aug 1956 as one of the forgotten women writers of the 1890s]
A baronet’s blunder (1894, short story)
A birthday song (1894, poem)
A clerical error (1898, short story)
A summer sunset (1894, poem)
An Australian lullaby (1898, poem)
An Australian Rosebud (1892, poem)
An island homestead (1894, poem)
The Austral seasons (1897, poem)
Bells and lilies (1892, poem)
Charity (1894, poem)
Christmas lilies (1896, poem)
Corindah (1890, short story)
The coronation of Queen Victoria (1897, short prose for children)
Cubbo (1897, short story)
Dorothy Dimple (1894, poem for children?)
Dr. Vaughan’s Easter holiday (1893, short story)
Easter-tide (1893, poem)
Gawne Haviland’s reward (1898, short story)
In carnival time (1893, poem; theme: Melbourne Cup)
In the face of the dead (1899, poem)
In the terrace (1899, short story)
Judith (1896, poem)
— The king of the Downs (1899), ch1, ch2.
The question (1898, poem)
The song of the Salvation Army (1893, poem)
— The squatter’s son (1897, short story): ch1; ch2.
The station bell (1897, short story)
To Algernon Swinburne (1892, poem)
To an Australian boy (1894, poem)
To the south wind (1893, poem)
The triumph of Karl (1894, poem)

Chads, Ellen Augusta (b. circa1837-1843; d.1923).
The dog’s shelter (1897; nonfiction article)
Graham Jocelyn’s revenge (1897; short story)
Tracked by bushrangers: and other stories : together with, work for the master : a series of papers for women, (romance) George Robertson and Co., Melbourne, 1891, 95 pp. Link to Colonial Australian Popular Fiction Archive.

Clinch, Eileen Bertha b. c1879; d. 1930, Pennant Hills, NSW
Australian fairies (1898, short story)
Faff and Paff (1897, short story)
— Letter to Dame Durden, Eileen Clinch (aged 17 years): on Egyptian mummies (17 Aug 1897)
— Winnie; or, Stolen From Home: ch1 (21 Aug); ch2 (28 Aug); ch4 cont. (4  Sep); ch5 (11 Sep); note: By Eileen Clinch (Blayney). The young writer of this story tells Princess Spinaway that her grandfather was a great traveller in former times, and while in the Far West of America he kept a diary. Scenes, manners, and customs of the Indians he jotted down, and his grand-daughter has upon the notes moulded the following story.
The story of a flower: founded on fact (15 May 1897)

Couvreur, Jessie Catherine, (nee Huybers, first married name Fraser), aka Tasma. (1848-1897).
A fiery ordeal (1897, novel)
A knight of the white feather (1892, novel; published in New York as The white feather) – link to Google books
A Sydney sovereign and other tales, Trübner & Co, London, 1890, 219 pp (novel, romance).
— A broken heart (1890): ch1; ch2; ch3.
In her earliest youth (1890, novel) – link to archive.org
The penance of Portia James, William Heinemann, London, 1891, 293 pp. Link to Project Gutenberg Australia (novel)
Not counting the cost (1891, novel) – link to archive.org

Coventry, Amy Godon aka A. G. Coventry birth name: Amy Gordon Hollinworth b.1850 Ashfield, NSW; d. 1921 Sydney.
A New Year’s Eve reverie: in \memoriam The Hon. Thos. Lodge Murray-Prior (1893, poem)

Crist, Alice Guerin, birth name: Alice Guerin; b. 8 Feb 1876, Ireland; d. 13 Jun 1941, Toowoomba, Qld. Arrived in Australia 20 Jan 1879; obituary 17 Jul 1941.
An every-day angel (1898, poem)
At Christmas (1899, poem)
At the window (1900, poem)
Ave, Labor! (1899, poem)
Going to school (1989, poem)
— Ridge’s flat (1893, short story): 21 Oct; 28 Oct; 4 Nov.
Silvio Pellico (1899, poem)

Dalziel, Kathleen, birth name Lau Kathleen Natalie Walker, aka K Dalziel; also writes as Kathleen Womersley, Kathleen Walker; b. 1881, Durban, SA; d. 1969, Ivanhoe, Vic; arrived in Australia c. 1887.
A Christmas wish (1896, poem)
Christmas lilies (1897, poem; by Kathleen Walker (aged 16), 12-mile, Emu Bay Railway)

Delphia. Identified as Australian and female in ANFD.
— A holiday adventure (1897; children’s fiction), ch1; ch2; ch3; ch4; ch5 (1 Jan 1898); ch6 missing? pages 69-72 are missing from TROVE; hardcopy may be available NSW State Library; ch7 (15 Jan 1898).

Dickenson, Edith, aka Edith C M, E.C.M. Dickenson b. 1851 d. 1903 Cape Town, South Africa. Arrived in Australia 1886
What I saw in India and the East (23 Sep 1899, prose)
What I saw in India and the East III (14 Oct 1899, prose)
The wreck of the Phasis: experiences of an apprentice (1897, prose/correspondence)

Dickinson, Evelyn b. 1861, Ireland; d. 1967, London; arrived in Australia 1892, departed 1911
A vicar’s wife (1892, novel) – link to SLNSW digital collection

Duncan, Ada Lindsay aka Mrs Thomas Charles Cloud, Mrs T. C. Cloud and Lindsay Duncan.
A message home (on the way to the Cape) (1899, poem)
A queer convention (1895)
A wreath of wattle (1890, poem)
Chivalry (1892, poem)
Chulywig’s adventure (1893, children’s fiction)
— [Drift: a volume of stray verse (Wallaroo: Lindsay Duncan 1891); print copy available SLNSW]
The enchanted pearls: a fairy play for children in two acts (1894)
The enchanted staff (1892, children’s fiction)
Gonnella (1890, poem)
How Geoff was stolen: a fairy tale in rhyme (1896, poem)
The inquisitive elf (1893, poem)
Legends of the l;ilies of France (1891, poem)
Love and friendship (1898, poem)
On the north line: a railroad sketch (1892)
Once (1898, poem)
Petsie and the pixies (1892, children’s fiction)
Some new nonsense rhymes (1893, prose for children)
— Tales of our township: V: The doctor’s tenants (1890); Mrs Connor’s cow (1892); The jealousy of Stephen Whitlock (1896);
That marvellous magpie: a story for children (1899)
Through the dark night: the story of a woman’s revenge (1894, poem)
Two sonnets: I Tenebrae; II Lux (1898, poetry)
Violets (1895, poem)
Welcome once more (1899, poem)
While the ships sail by (1896, poem)
— The wind and the rose (1891, from Drift, quoted in a review 8 Dec 1891)

Easton, Rose Ellen birth name: Rose Ellen McKinlay; b. 1840, Portaferry, Co Down, Ireland; d. 1932, Paddington, NSW; married 1870 Arthur Llewellyn Easton.
Australia’s welcome to Michael Davitt (1895, poem)
Brother come home (1897, poem)
In memoriam (1893, poem; lines written on the death, of Mrs. J. G. Martyn.)
Je vivre content (1897, poem)
The last wish of an Irish exile (1891, poem)
To the Sisters of St Joseph (1899, poem)

Elmes, Frances Fitzgerald aka Mars, A Leo Watts, S.O.S. and F.F. b. 1867; d. 1919
An epicure in emotions (1899, short story)
Farewell! (1899, poem)
Found wanting (1897, short story)
Goodbye (1899, poem)
Gwendoline (1899, poem)
In the grey of the morning (1897, short story)
Jones’s wife (1899, short story)
Kisses (1899, short story)
Last night (1899, short story)
Lose who may (1898, short story)
Memories (1897, short story)
One way of love (1897, short story)
Under the rose (1899, short story)

Eyton, Alice (aka Aice Von Saxmar; Aice Rose Eyton) b. 8 Jun 1874; d. 3 Nov 1929
A shearers’ race meeting and after (1897, short story)
The Aboriginal babies: the birds and the insects, a sorrowful tale (1899, short story; parts of text unreadable)
Across the years (1898, short story)
An Australian fairy (1899, short story)
Behind the hills (1897, short story)
Down by the sea wall (1898, short story)
Eight hours in King Street (1899, short story)
The fairy cape (1898, short story for children)
The hidden fairyland (1899, short story for children)
Hopkin’s claim: Coolgardie (1897, short story)
Margery’s dream (1897, short story)
— Mother’s story (1897, short story for children): 2 Oct; 9 Oct
Nancy and Mick (1898, short story for children)
O Mimosa San (1899, short story)
Old time relic (1897, short story)
On circumstantial evidence (1898, short story)
Queen Empress and the cotter’s wife (1897, short story)
The queer little old woman (1898, short story)
Rosebud dainty and fair (1898, short story)
The sound fairy (1899, short story)
The tale spinner of Bondi (1898, short story for children)
What the eucalyptus tree heard (1898, short story)
Why the laughing jackass is the bushman’s clock (1898, short story)

Field, Catherine Eliza Somerville: aka Katie Langloh, K. Langloh Parker, Mrs P R Stow, Catherine Somerville, Catherine Field. Birth name: Catherine Eliza Somerville Field. b. 1856 (Encounter Bay, SA), d. 1940 (Glenelg, SA). Review 1896.
A droughty day (1899)
Australian legendary tales, Melville, Mullen & Slade, Melbourne, 1896, 132 pp. Link to Australian Popular Fiction Digital Archive.
—-. Bahloo, the moon and the Daens , (1896, in Australian Legendary Tales, reprinted as The Moon and the Blacks in 1940 in School Paper: Grades III and IV Jen no. 496 1940: 76-77).
Brownie (1899)
The crow and the crane: An Aboriginal Legend (1897).
More Australian legendary tales (1898) – link to gutenberg Australia

Field, Nellie Mary b. 1875
The selfishness of women (1898, short story; appeared in The Bulletin)

Finn, Mary Agnes b. c1860, Vic; d. Randwick, NSW 1948. Obituary (13 Jan 1949). Editor of The Annals of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (ref). Finn published several works of fiction for children that are available online via AustLit database (access via library membership or subscription)
Clifton manor (first published 1899 [ref], novella; link to reprinted version: 1939)

Fisher, Mary Lucy aka Lala Fisher, Mrs Francis George Fisher, Lala. Birth name: Mary Lucy Richardson b. 17 Jan1872, Rockhampton, QLD; d. 27 Feb 1929, Gladesville NSW.
A Trio (1892, poem)
By creek and gully: stories and sketches mostly of bush life, told in prose and rhyme, by Australian writers in England, T. Fisher Unwin, London, 1899, 308 pp. Link to Australian Popular Fiction Digital Archive.
The Twilight Hour (1891, poem)

Foote, Maria Hannay, aka Egeria and Tau. Identified as Australian and female in ANFD.
A whim of the mistress (1894), ch1; ch2; ch3; ch4; ch5; ch6; ch7; ANFD entry.
Astera-kesphoros; The Star of Healing (1895), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANFD.
— At the coachmaker’s (1890, children’s fiction in three parts): 1 Feb 1890; 8 Feb 1890; 15 Feb 1890.
— The black dingo of Weeri Yeela (1892; in seven parts), ch1; chs 2-3; ch4; ch5; ch6; ch7; ch8; ch9; ch10; chs 11-13; ANFD entry.
— Buntie Reed and his mare Blossom (1895; in five parts); ch1; ch2; ch3; chs 4-5; ANFD entry.
— The mirage of Bralga Plain (1893): ch1; chs 2-4. ANFD entry.
— Miss Vanneck’s trousseau (1893): chs 1-2; chs 3-4; chs 5-6; chs 7-8. ANFD entry.
Morna Lee, and other poems. (London: Gordon and Gotch, 1890) – link to hathitrust.org
— Nannie’s debut (1893): chs1-3. ANFD entry.
Which of them? A story of the Mallee country (1890) ANFD entry.
— The white geranium. A romance of Old Marong (1893): chs 1-2; chs 3-5; ch6. ANFD entry.

Forrest, Mabel, birth name: Helena Mabel Checkly Mills; aka M Forrest, Mabel Burkinshaw, Helena Mabel Checkley Forrest; also writes as M Burkinshaw, M Burkershaw, Helena M C Mills, M. R., and Reca. [Sister of Ethel Mills.]  b. 6 Mar 1872 Yandilla, Qld; d. 18 Mar 1935, Brisbane, Qld. Forrest was a prolific writer who published many poems in the 1890s as Reca in The Queenslander (Brisbane), and M Burkinshaw in The Australasian and The Bulletin, as well as short stories. The following list is a sample only. (Full list here and on AustLit database [access via library membership or subscription].) A collection of her stories was published as The Rose of Forgiveness and Other Stories in 1904.
A striking time (1897)
Aged forty (1899)
An accident (1898)
The ashes of fires (1898)
Blind chance (1899)
The bone of contention (1898)
Convalescent (1896, short story)
Found wanting (1897)
Frances Floriline (1896, short story)
Friends (1897, poem)
Georgie (1897)
Jack Brown’s washing day (1898)
Lucille (1897)
The makings of a romance (1898)
Old Mogill (1897, poem)
The rift within the lute (1897)
Small mercies (1896, short story)
The stumbling of the Rev. Theophilus Brown (1896)

Fortune, Mary Helena. aka Waif Wander and W.W..
A bunch of shamrocks (1891).
The heart of the hills: or Hilda’s Christmas gift (1897).
The story of a waif (1898).

Fullerton, Mary Eliza aka Robert Gray, Turner O Lingo, Gordon Manners, E , Alpenstock, wen Roe O’Neill, L, Joseph Marizeeni (1868-1946). [works out of copyright] A prolific author whose full title list can be found at AustLit (subscription or access via library).
Small hands (1894, poem)
— [Untitled] Send your figure’s from Hong Kong (1894, poem humour)

Gilmore, Mary; birth name: Mary Jean Cameron; b. 1865; d. 1962; Mary Gilmore was a prolific poet who published over many decades. A full list of her poems can be found at AustLit (subscription or free access via library membership).
A spell is on me (1892, poem)
Alone with the dead (1893, poem)
The awaking of spring (1893, poem)
Estranged (1892, poem)
Good night (1892, poem)
Humpin’ bluey on the track (1893, poem)
The outcast (1896, poem)
Sweethearts (1899, poem)
Tom Harrison said (1893, poem)
Us is out (1899, poem)
We missed each other (1899, poem)
Wedded (1897, poem)

Gordon, Lottie b. circa 1883
An Australian story (1898, short story; aged 14)

Greaves, Lilian Wooster aka Lilian. b 1869 d 1958
Moonlight rainbow (1899, poem)

Gaunt, Mary, aka M. Gaunt, Mrs H Lindsay Miller; b. 1861, Vic; d. 1942, France; departed Australia 1901. Colonial Popular Fiction Digital Archive bio; AustLit bio entry (subscription).
Along the shore (1896, short prose; set in Warrnambool)
An inexpensive cycling costume (1897, column)
And their was trumpery (1899, short story)
Dave’s sweetheart, Melville, Mullen and Slade, Melbourne, 1894, 264 pp. Link to Colonial Australian Popular Fiction Digital Archive.
— Deadman’s, Methuen, London, 1898, 304 pp. Link to Colonial Australian Popular Fiction Digital Archive.
— Down in the world
(1893): ch1; ch2; ch3; ch4; ch5; ch6; ch7. ANFD entry.
Kirkham’s find (1897) – link to Australian Digital Collections
The moving finger (London: Methuen, 1895; short story) link to Gutenberg
— ‘Ora Pro Nobis‘ (1899, short prose)
The other man (1894), chs 1-2; chs 3-4; chs 5-6; chs 7-8; chs 9-10; chs 11-12; chs 13-14; chs 15-16; chs 17-18; chs 19-20; chs 21-22; chs 23-25; ch26; ch27; ANFD entry.
— Quits (1899; originally published in the Windsor Magazine; reprinted in The Broad Arrow Standard): 4 Feb (issue of second instalment missing from Trove, but text added to first instalment).
The riot at the packhorse (1890): ch1; ch2; ch3; ch4; ch5; [8th and 15th Feb editions missing];  ch9; ch10; ch11; ch12; ch13; ch13 (cont.); ch14; ch15. ANFD entry.
She was six years old, she said (1899, short prose)
Those boys (1897, short story)
The vintage (1895, short prose)
The wheel (1896, short prose – poor scan quality)
The Yanyilla steeplechase (1891)

Goldstraw, Matilda, aka Noel Hope. Identified as Australian and female here.
Milliara: an Australian romance. (1894) – link to La Trobe University resources online. [further ref. Amies, The career of a colonial schoolmistress; Marion Amies, The author of Noel Hope’s Milliara: An Australian Romance , in Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand Bulletin, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 65–7.]

Greaves, Lilian Wooster b. 1869; d. 1956
Moonlight rainbow (1899, poem)

Grimes, Emma Watts aka Ellerton Gay; birth name: Emma Allen; b 1846 Falmouth, Cornall; left Australia circa 1887 (but continued to write about Australia).
A day behind the fair (1892, short story)
Across the gulf (1893, serialised in Illustrated Sydney News): ch1; ch2 (cont.); ch4 (cont.); ch6 (cont.); ch8 (cont.); ch10; ch12 (cont.); ch14 (cont.); ch15 (cont.); ch17 (cont.); ch19 (cont.); ch20; ch21 (cont.); ch23 (cont.); ch25 (cont.); ch27 (cont.); ch29 (cont.).
— [Drifting under the Southern Cross: an Australian romance (London: Gordon and Gotch 1892; print copy at SLNSW]
Gathered Rrue (1894, serialised in Adelaide Observer): ch1; ch3; ch5; ch7; ch9; ch12; ch14; ch16; ch18; ch20; ch22; ch23; ch25; ch26; ch28; ch29; ch30.
Life’s Compensations (1898)
Passing the love of a woman: an Australian story (1895, serialised in The Queenslander): ch1; ch2; ch3; ch4; ch5; ch6; ch7; ch8; ch9; ch10; ch11; ch12; ch13; ch14; ch15; ch16; ch17; ch18.
The Three R’s: A Duologue (1905)

Grimshaw, Beatrice. b. Antrim, Northern Ireland 1879; d. Kelso NSW 1953; arrived in Australia 1936.
— [Broken away (London: John Lane, 1897; novel, romance; print copy available at SLNSW)]

Halcro, Hugh. See entry for Katherine A Rees.

Hackney, Esther. Identified as Australian and female in ANFD.
— Thistledown (1899): Prologue; ch1; ch2; ch3; ch4; ch5; ch6; ch7; ch8; ch9; ch10; ch11; ch12; ch13ch14; ch15; ch15 (cont.); ch16; ch17; ch18; ch19; ch20. ANFD entry. Links to TROVE.

Ham, Alice aka Mary Alice Ham, Hafra b. 30 Mar 1854 Kew, Vic; d. 24 Jun 1928, Brisbane QLD. [As Hafra Ham wrote journalistic pieces for The Brisbane Courier and The Queenslander.]
A gray day in England (1891, poem)
A wheel reversed (1889, short story)
At Belmont, Bassano away: cameos of Shakespeare no. 1 (1895, poem)
Burleigh heads (1890, poem)
Condamine Bluffs, Killarney (1897, poem)
Coward or hero (1890, poem)
The Dukes of Clarence (1892, prose)
Frost fancies (1892, poem)
Gold Willie: an old shepherd’s story (1891, poem)
Her true lover: a stock rider’s song (1892, poem)
Her steadfast purpose (1890; a Christmas story).
Iago’s portrait: cameos of Shakespeare no. 2 (1895, poem)
In April days (1892, poem)
In Lethe’s tide (1895, novella serialised in The Queenslander): chs 1-3; ch4; ch7; ch9; ch11; ch13. ANFD entry.
In memoriam: Frederick Lord Leighton PRA 16th January 1896 (1896, poem)
In memoriam: James Russell Lowell (1891, poem)
In memoriam: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1894, poem)
In memoriam: Robert Browning (1890, poem)
Koreelah, Clarence River (1897, poem)
Many a mile away (1888, short story)
The mission of the flowers (1891, poem)
Moonlight (1890, poem)
On the downs (1893, poem)
Psyche (1891, poem)
Scholarly Princes of Wales (1891, essay)
Shafton Bend: a study in gray (1891, poem)
Sunrise ‘out back’: with apologies to Rudyard Kipling (1898, poem)
Tempora! O mores! (1898, poem)
Three in Arden: cameos from Shakespeare no. 3 (1896, poem)
Through the mill (1890; serialised in the Queenslander in 5 parts), ch1; ch2; ch3; ch4; ch5; ANFD entry.

Hammill, Mrs Herbert. Identified as Australian and female in ANFD.
The editor’s dilemma (1898)
— One Christmas (1893): ch1; ch2; ch3; ch4; ch5; ch6; ch7. ANFD entry.

Hardwicke, Elizabeth aka Elizabeth Brown, Mrs Hardwick; Mrs Charles Brown, E Harwicke, E.H. (1836-1901)
The cost of an error (Melbourne: Richardson Bros, 1897; novel. Available via State Library of Victoria (may take a while to download)
Poems (1894) – link to archive.org

Harris, Mrs Julia S aka Mrs Robert Harris. Identified as Australian and female in ANFD.
— The Oakhurst tragedy. A tale of the supernatural (1891): ch1; ch2; ch3. ANFD entry.
— Outwitted; Or, diamond cut diamond (1897), ch1; ch2; ch3; ANFD entry.
— Sir Jaspar’s ward, or The wraith of Trevor Park (1894), ch1; ch2; ch3; ANFD entry.
From shadow land; or A traveller returned (1892)

Hart, Annie A aka Annie Alice Hart, Annie A Hines; also writes as TLOA b. 1870, Scarsdale, Vic; d. 1966, Port Fairy, Vic; married Alfred Hines in 1897; her infant daughter Gertrude died in 1899.
— A heliotrope gown (1897, short story): ch1; ch2.

Haviland, E S aka Philip Dale , Mrs Cyril Haviland; birth name: Ellen Sydney Bridson; b. 1858, Bathurst NSW; d?
A Christmas song (1896, poem: [The following lines are by Philip Dale , the pen-name of Miss Bridson, once resident in Windsor.])
Voices from Australia by Philip Dale and Cyril Haviland (London: Swan Sonnenschein & Co, 1892)

Hay, Agnes Grant (1837-1909)
Footprints: A memoir of the late Alexander Hay, one of the fathers and early colonists of South Australia written by his widow (1899, biography)

Henty, Mrs Richmond
—  The devil’s own (1891, serialised novel)

Hirst, Edith H. b. 1855; d. 1932 NSW
The old coach road (1898, poem)
Round the camp fire and other poems (1892) – link to SLNSW digital collection

Hodge, E. Baldwin. aka Mrs Baldwin Hodge. b. 1860, Bathurst NSW; d. 1949.
A pitiful blunder (1894; serialised in The National Advocate Bathurst): chs 1-2; chs 2-3; chs 3-4; ch4; chs 4-6; chs 6-7; chs 7-8; chs 8-9; chs 9-10; ch10; chs 10-11; ch11; [Dec 1894 issues of The National Advocate, Bathurst missing; hard copy may be available at SLNSW: identifier: 74Vvwx34GwrA]; ch30; chs 31-32; chs 32-33; chs 33-34; ch34; chs 34-35. ANFD entry
Dolph Meldrum’s wooing (1897): ch1; ch3; chs 3(cont.)-4; chs 4-6; chs 6-8; ch8 (cont.); ch9; chs 10-11; chs 11-12; chs 12-13; chs 13-14; chs 15-16; ch17; chs 18-19; chs 20-21; chs 21-23; chs 23-24; ch24; chs 25-26; chs 26-28 [note: according to ANFD ch27 was published out of sequence]; ch27, then chs 29-30.
Mabel’s invitation (1897, short story)
The next generation (1899, short story)
Seven episodes (1897): ep1: Three Taken, One Left; ep2: Gold: the Buyer; ep3: A Futile Crime; ep4: Found In the Bush; ep5: A Husband’s Skeleton Cupboard; ep6: They Sin Shall Find Thee Out; ep7: The Power That Sympathy Gave. ANFD entry.
The timber getters (1899, prize-winning short story)
Wallie’s Christmas (1897, short story)

Holmes, Mabel. Mentioned in W E Fitz Henry Bulletin article, Who Were They? (8 August 1956).
He never could see (1894, short story)
His hair (1894, short story)
The monkey or the man (1895, short story)
The shooting of Saysoon (1896, short story)
They laid their snares (1897, short story)

Hogan, Nancy. b. 1876 Tas; d. 1905, Tas
A west coast incident (1897)
At a chopping match (1897, short story in The clipper)
Dodd (1898, short story in The clipper)
Finding a soul” (1897, short story in The clipper)

Howitt, Mary E. B. b. 1866; c. 1933
The lost white woman: A pioneer’s yarn (1897)
To the Moroka and the Snowy Plains (1892, prose)

Hudspeth, B. M. aka Beatrice Mary Hudspeth, Mrs White Parsons; b. 1867 Tas
Santa Claus and the shadow (189?) – link to SLNSW digital collection

Hughes, Mrs F; aka Alice Hughes
My childhood in Australia: a story for my children (1892; illustrated)

Another addition to the already long list of Australian romances has been made by Mrs F Hughes, who tells, in a simple, picturesque way, a story for her children. The title, My childhood in Australia, sufficiently indicates the nature of the work. Various incidents characteristic of rough bush life in South Australia are narrated in a graphic manner, and a good deal of information about the natural history of Australia and the character of the aboriginals is woven into the story. (4 Apr 1892 ref)

My childhood in Australia is a simply-written little story for my children by Mrs F Hughes, who lived whilst young in the bush near Wellington, South Australia. I am bound to say from the pictures of the home station it looks an arid and uninviting spot; but as a little girl the author found it delightful, and very sorrowfully left there to go to school at Adelaide. (24 Feb 1892 ref)

The authoress, Mrs F Hughes, with her brothers and sisters, played with the sheep and calves, made friends with the blacks, and petted all the wild animals that came in their way. (16 Apr, 1892 ref)

Hughes, Katherine birth name Catherin McNicol; also writes as K H; b. 1871 Wentworth, NSW; d. 22 Sep 1957 Jandowae, QLD [work in copyright until 2027]
— Lost in the bush: a Christmas tale (1894, short story; available via SLNSW with log in; Gale link)

Hungerford, Alys b. birth name: Alys Hungerford; Mrs Francis John Beamish; Mrs Kenneth Stuart Hungerford; 17 July 1857 at Cahirmore, Rosscarbery, County Cork, Ireland; d. 16 August, 1934 at Lawson (district of Katoomba), NSW; arrived in Australia 1887
A summer nocturne (1894, poem)

Hutton, Minnie b. 1883 aka Minnie Lockwood, also wrote as Chrystal Stirling
— [Dear Washington (1900, correspondence)
Pet (1898, short story)
—[Prize letter] (1898, correspondence)

Hyland, Inez K b. Portland 1863; d. Magill, SA 1892. An article, Amongst the Books (17 Jun 1893), mentions a collection of poems and short stories by Hyland, In Sunshine and Shadows, which was published posthumously by Hyland’s grandmother, Mrs. Penfold. (This is most likely the collection mentioned in 7 Mar 1933.) Sydney Partrige wrote a short biographical not on Hyland in The Sydney Mail (1 Jul 1914).
A voice in the vineyard (1893, poem)
Dot confides to a friend (1891, poem)
—  In sunshine and in shadow (1893, collection of poems and short stories published by the writer’s grandmother, Mrs Penfold)
To a wave (1993, poem) – link to archive.org
Pharoah lives for ever (1891, poem)
Seasons quoted in Some Christmas Songs (Adelaide Observer, 19 Dec 1896)

Irby, Florence M. b. 1875, Tenterfield, NSW; d. 1964, Port Macquarie NSW; naturalist and resident of Casino NSW
A man and a brother; or, how Molly spent Christmas Day (1898, short story)

Jerome, Helen: see Nellie Bruton

Kaeppel, Mrs Frances. aka Mimosa. Identified as Australian and female in ANFD.
Broken vows, or love betrayed. A tale of domestic infidelity (1894)

Kearney, G. M. V. birth name: Georgina Mary Veronica Doyle; b. c1851; d. 1936.
An ode to Queen Victoria (1897, poem)
The glass candlestick (1899, short story)

Kelly, Honora Frances aka Bundarrania, b. 1848, 7 Apr, Barraba, NSW; d. 1898, Jul, Stony Creek Station, NSW.
Combo Jimmy: a colonial idyl of the King (1895, poem)
Song of the Australian ‘Eidelweiss’ (Dedicated to Ellis Rowan (1892, poem)

Kidgell, Ada A.* b. 1869, Ballarat, Vic; d. 1949 Darling Point, NSW; short story writer, novelist, poet and journalist; see also entries under Ada A Holman (married name).
A bush post-office (1898, short story/romance) – neighbours fall out over missing mail.
Mannigan’s successor (1898; short story – very faint text, almost impossible to read): The Australasian, 25 Jun 1898: 30-31.
Miss Minksley in outline (1898, short story/romance) – an audacious girl scandalises the village matrons with her outspoken and brash ways.
Peggy’s ball dress (1897, short story/romance) – a young seamstress does a kind act
Playing at providence (1898, short story; prize-winner) – a young governess from Melbourne schemes to solve the marital troubles of a young couple in the bush
The triumphant candidate (1898, short story)

Kirkham, Elizabeth aka Kyra Keith.
Divided lives (serialised from 1899-1900): ch1; ch1 (cont.); chs 2-3; 9 Nov; 16 Nov; 23 Nov; 30 Nov; 7 Dec; 14 Dec (ch10 cont.-ch11); 21 Dec; 28 Dec (ch12 cont.-ch13); [missing ch14 from 4 Jan issue?] ch15 (11 Jan); 18 Jan; 25 Jan; 1 Feb; 8 Feb; ch21 (cont.)-22 (15 Feb); 22 Feb; 1 Mar; 8 Mar (ch26) 15 Mar (ch27); 22 Mar; 29 Mar; 5 Apr; 12 Apr (final).
For lack of gold (1898, poem)
Left surrender (1898, poem)
— [Pains and penalties (Melboure: G Robertson, 1899; hard copy available at SLNSW)]: review 16 Sep; review 30 Sep.

Knowles, Marion Miller aka Marion Miller, M. M. Knowles; John Desmond, Marion Miller, Aunt Patsy. b. Woods Point, Vic. 8 Aug 1865; d. Camberwell, Vic. 16 Sep 1949). ANDB entry.
Barbara Halliday: a story of the hill country of Victoria, George Robertson and Co., Melbourne, 1896, 320 pp. Link to Australian Popular Fiction Digital Archive.
Aunt Hannah (1898)
Patsy (1898)
Sally’s widower (1899)
Sandy (1896)
Songs from the Hills (London: Melville, Mullen & Slade: 1899; available to be read online SLNSW digital collection; scroll down to view)
The Store at the ‘Golden Bar’ (1898)

Lawson, Louisa aka L.L., Dora Falconer, Mrs P. H. Larsen, Mrs Appleby; b. Mudgee, NSW; 1848; d. 1920, Gladesville NSW; birth name: Louisa Albury.
A bush experience (1891)
—– A general servant (1896)
A lucky day’s washing (1890)
Dert and Do , Dawn Newspaper Office, Sydney, 107 pp. [unknown publication date: 1890-99?] – link to Australian Popular Fiction Digital Archive.
— Herb and Dot. Or, lodgings for Santa Claus (1895); ch1; ch2; ch3. ANFD entry.
Manager and muddler (1894)

Lee, Bessie aka Mrs Harrison Lee, Mrs Harrison-Lee, Bessie Cowie, Bessie Lee Cowie, Betsy Lee; Colonial Quizzo , Sarah Pumpkin, Mrs Harrison Lee Cowie; b. 1869, 10 Jun, Dalesford, Vic; d. 1950, 18 Apr, Pasadena, California USA.
Mrs Pumpkin back again (1897)
Mrs. Pumpkin’s visit to town: the same old story (by Colonial Quizzo): 1891.

Lewin, Frances Sescadorowna. aka Sesca Lewin Somerville, Mrs Archibald Somerville, Nemor, Bonnie Dundee. Southern Cross , F Sesca Lewin, Sesca Lewin. b. 24 Nov 1861, SA; d. 27 nov 1946, Brighton, SA. Lewin also wrote poetry; a list of her poems can be obtained at AustLit (subscription or access via your library).
— A Christmas development (1899): ch1; ch2; ch3. ANFD entry.
— Dora’s sacrifice (1896): ch1; ch2; ch3. ANFD entry.
— The hypnotist (1895): ch1; ch2; ch3; ch4; ch5. ANFD entry.

Light, Maud. b. 1870, New Zealand; resident NSW; d.?
Sam’s wife (The Bulletin, Christmas Edition 9 Dec 1899; short story)

Lloyd, Mary E. aka Mary Ellen Lloyd, M.E. Lloyd, Vinegar, Bay Ash, MEL , Comrade Mary. Birth name: Mary Ellen Parry; b. Wales, UK; d. Sydney NSW 1962.
A hasty inspection (1896, prose)
Crackle (1898, prose humour)
The creak of the door (1897, short story)
Fragrance (1897; prose, humour)
Presence of mind (1893, column)

Lockett, Jeannie b. 27 Aug 1847, Bathurst NSW; d. 14 Nov 1890, Sydney NSW.****
—-. A Notable Professor (21 Nov 1890)
The case of Dr. Hilston (1890): Ch 1; Ch 1 (cont.)- 2; Ch 2 (cont.); Ch 3; Ch 4; Ch 5; Ch 6 (cont.); Ch 7 (cont.); Ch 8 (cont.); Ch 9 (cont.); Ch 11; Ch 13; Ch 14 (cont.); Ch 15 (cont.); Ch 16 (cont.).
Judith Grant: a novel (London: Hutchinson, 1892; available to be read online via SLNSW digital collection; may take a while to load)

Florence E Lord aka Wilga; birth name: Florence Eliza Lord b. 1879 QLD; d. 1942 VIC
— Kangaroo fete (1897, short story by Wilga): 24 Jul; 31 Jul. (Lord is identified as the author of this piece in AustLit; there are other pieces by Wilga published when Lord was a child.)

Luffmann, Laura Bogue aka C Bogue Luffman , Laura M Lane, Bogue Luffman, Lauretta Caroline Maria Luffman; birth name: Lauretta Caroline Maria Lane. b. 1846, 17 Dec, Bedfordshire, Eng; d.1929, 7 Jun, Queanbeyan, NSW. In the 1880s and 90s, Luffmann published a series of books (or panphlets?) print copies of which are held at the NLA (full list on TROVE).
A bush waif (1896)
— [A cold lover , (1898, short story romance by Laura M Lane; The Australian Journal, October vol. 33 no. 401: 631-632.] Available online via library membership: Gale link. Reprinted in Kilmore Free Press (12 Apr 1900: 4).
Flo, a bush maiden (1896) – very faint print.


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