1890s

The following list provides links to texts by well-known and forgotten Australian women writers of the 19th and early 20th centuries which are available either to be read online or for download. They are organised alphabetically by author in decade of publication.

< Books by Australian women published in 1880s

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Adams, Bertha Southey. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. “A Wandering Lamb” (1897; children’s fiction in 4 parts), I, links to other chapters available via the ANF Database.
—–. “Betty” (1896; children’s fiction), I, II.
—–. “Darliea: A Fairy Tale of Ceylon” (1897; children’s fiction in 7 parts), I, links to other chapters available via the ANF Database.
—–. Ethel: The Short Tale of a Tennis Ball (1898; children’s fiction), I, II.
—–. In the Heart of the Glowing Coals (1898; children’s fiction), I, links to other chapters available via the ANF Database.
—–. Monica (1897), I, links to other chapters available via the ANF Database.
—–. The Three B’s (1899; children’s fiction), I, links to other chapters available via the ANF Database.
—–. Yu-Yu’s Love Tale (1898, children’s fiction in 4 parts), I; links to other chapters available via the ANF Database.

Baker, Louisa Alice*****  aka Alien (1858-?), The untold half, Hutchinson & Co., London, 1899, 406 pp. downloadable as pdf. Note: New Zealand author; wrote at least one novel with some Australian content

Blitz, Mrs A. (Julia) (1847-1923), An Australian millionaire, Ward, Lock & Bowden, London, 1894, 498 pp. downloadable as pdf

Caffyn, Kathleen aka Caffyn, Mrs Mannington and Iota (romance) (1853-1926), A comedy in spasms, Hutchinson, London, 1895, 282 pp.

Cambridge, Ada (1844-1926), The Three Miss Kings (1891)
—–. Not all in Vain (1892)
—–. Materfamilias (1898)

Castilla, Ethel. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. “The King of the Downs” (1899), I, II.

Chads, Ellen Augusta (circa1837-1843-1923), “The Dog’s Shelter” (1897; nonfiction article, available on TROVE)
—–. “Graham Jocelyn’s Revenge” (1897; short story available on TROVE)
—–. 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.

Couvreur, Jessie aka Tasma (1848-1897), A Sydney Sovereign and Other Tales, Trübner & Co, London, 1890, 219 pp (romance).
—–. In Her Earliest Youth (1890)
—–. The penance of Portia James, William Heinemann, London, 1891, 293 pp.
—–. Not Counting the Cost (1891)

Delphia. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. “A Holiday Adventure” (1897; children’s fiction; in 7 parts), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANF Database.

Field, Catherine Eliza Somerville: aka Parker, K. Langloh (1856-1940), Australian legendary tales, Melville, Mullen & Slade, Melbourne, 1896, 132 pp.

Fisher, Mary Lucy (Lala) (1872-1929) (ed.), 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.

Foote, Maria Hannay, aka “Egeria” and “Tau”. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. —–. A Whim of the Mistress (1894), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANF Database
—–. Astera-kesphoros; The Star of Healing (1895), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANF Database
—–. “The Black Dingo of Weeri Yeela” (1892; in seven parts), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANF Database.
—–. “Buntie Reed and His Mare Blossom” (1895; in five parts); ch1; links to other chapters available via ANF Database.

Fortune, Mary Helena. aka “Waif Wander” and “W.W.”.
—–. “A Bunch of Shamrocks” (1891), available via TROVE.
—–. “The Heart of the Hills: Or Hilda’s Christmas Gift” (1897), available via TROVE.
—–. “The Story of a Waif” (1898), available via TROVE.

Gaunt, Mary (1861-1942), Dave’s Sweetheart, Melville, Mullen and Slade, Melbourne, 1894, 264 pp.
—–. Deadman’s, Methuen, London, 1898, 304 pp.
—–. Kirkham’s Find (1897)
—–. The Moving Finger (London: Methuen, 1895) short story
—–. The Other Man (1894), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANF Database.

Halcro, Hugh. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. “Captive and Captor” (1899).
—–. “The Ghost of Murray’s Plains” (1897).
—–. “King Peter” (1896), I, II.
—–. “Peace and Goodwill” (1894; a Christmas story).

Ham, Alice. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. “Her Steadfast Purpose” (1890; a Christmas story).
—–. Through the Mill (1890; in 5 parts), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANF Database.

Harris, Mrs Julia S aka Mrs Robert Harris. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. “Outwitted; Or, Diamond Cut Diamond” (1897; in 3 parts), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANF Database.
—–. “Sir Jaspar’s Ward, or The Wraith of Trevor Park” (1894; in 3 parts), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANF Database.
—–. “From Shadow Land; or A Traveller Returned” (1892).

Knowles, Marion Miller aka Marion Mille (1865-1949), Barbara Halliday: a story of the hill country of Victoria, George Robertson and Co., Melbourne, 1896, 320 pp.

Lawson, Louisa (unknown publication date, Dert” and “Do, Dawn Newspaper Office, Sydney, 107 pp. [1890-99?]

Lockett, Jeannie (1947-1890),**** The Case of Dr. Hilston (1890) Available serialised on TROVE (chapter 1 here but text needs lots of work)

McBurney, Mrs M.E. aka Alice Flax and “Flax”. Identified as female and Australian in the Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. “Aline” (1896), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANF Database
—–. “Where the Rustling Cane Grows Ripe” (1891; in 6 parts); ch1; links to other chapters available via ANF Database

Mack, Louise (1870-1935), Teens: A Story of Australian School Girls (1897) romance
—–. Girls Together, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1898, 226 pp.

Manning, Emily (1845-1890), The Story of a Royal Pendulum (1890). Available serialised on TROVE (chapter 1 here but text needs lots of work)

Martin, Catherine (1848?-1937), An Australian girl, Richard Bentley and son, London, 1891, 474 pp. romance
—–. The Silent Sea (1892)

Martin, Harriet Anne aka Martin, Mrs Patchett (1837-1908), (ed.) Coo-ee: tales of Australian life, by Australian ladies, Griffith Farran Okeden & Welsh, London, 1891?, 318 pp.

Montefiore, Caroline L, aka “Eric”. Identified as female and Australian in the Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. Miss Mellisham’s Romance (), ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANF Database.

Nelson, Harriet Arnold (?-1930?), The Romance of the Greystones, An Australian Story, Ward, Lock & Co., London, 1899, 314 pp.

Osmond, Sophie,** Dulgabeena : an Australian story (1894) Contemporary bio of Osmond: actor, singer, writer (1894)

Philpott, N. V. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. Morning Waits at the End of the World (1897), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANF Database.
—–. “Sisters Three” (1894), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANF Database.
—–. Under The Southern Cross (), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANF Database.
—–. Whom The Gods Love (), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANF Database.

Praed, Mrs Campbell aka Rosa Caroline Praed (1851-1935), December Roses: A Novel (1892). romance and gothic
—–. The Romance of a Chalet: A Story (1892)
—–. Christina Chard : A Novel (2 versions available) (1893)
—–. Outlaw and Lawmaker (in 3 volumes) (1893)
—–. The Romance of a Station: An Australian Story(London: Chatto and Windus, 1893) – available as pdf
—–. Mrs Tregaskiss : A Novel of Anglo-Australian Life (1895)
—–. Nulma(1897)
—–. The Scourge-Stick (1898)
—–. Madame Izan: A Tourist Story (1899) available as pdf

Quin, Teth aka Quinn, Ethel, The well-sinkers : an Australian pastoral, T. Fisher Unwin, London, 1899, 224 pp.

Rawson, Wilhelmina Frances aka Mrs Lance Rawson (1851-1933), The Bushman’s Rest‘, in Martin, Mrs Patchett (ed.), Coo-ee : tales of Australian life, by Australian ladies, Griffith Farran Okeden & Welsh, London, 1891?, pp. 177-256.

Richmond, Lily, Sally: a Sydney tale, in three parts, George Robertson and Co., Melbourne, 1897, 321 pp.

Rowlands, Effie Adelaide. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. Woman against Woman (1896), ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANF Database.

Shackell, Mrs. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. Matched and Mated: A Romance in Real Life (1893), ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANF Database.

Sweetapple, Anna Mapleson. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. “How I Came to Australia” (1890, fiction in 4 parts), I; links to other chapters available via the ANF Database.

Thomas, Margaret (1843-1929), ‘The Story of a Photograph, in Martin, Mrs Patchett (ed.), Coo-ee : tales of Australian life, by Australian ladies, Griffith Farran Okeden & Welsh, London, 1891?, pp. 257-270.
—–. ‘To My Cigarette‘, in Fisher, Lala (ed.), 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, pp. 163-166.
—–. Struck Gold‘, in Fisher, Lala (ed.), 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, pp. 75-84.

Turner, Ethel.* (1870-1958) Seven Little Australians (1894)
—–. “A Dreadful Pickle” (1893): ch1; links to other sections available via ANF Database.
—–. The Camp at Wandinong (1898), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANF Database.
—–. “Gladys and the Fairies” (1893; children’s story), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANF Database.
—–. The Story of a Baby (1896)

Turner, Lilian.
—–. “Colonial Tommy” (1899).
—–. Miss Elizabeth (1886), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANF Database.
—–. “The Narrow Way” (1899), I, II.

Waterhouse, Jessie Mabel aka Jessie Mabel Smythe and Mrs J I Waterhouse (1851-1928), For Marjory’s Sake: a story of South Australian country life (1893) on iTunes here.

Whitfeld, Adeline J. aka A Jamieson Wrainford.
—–. Farmer Mack (1895; a story in 6 parts), ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANF Database.
—–. “Madge” (1892; a story in 11 parts); ch1; links to other chapters available via ANF Database.
—–. My Lady (1893), ch1; links to other chapters available via ANF Database.
—–. Rex (1894), ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANF Database.
—–. Uncle Turk (1894), ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANF Database.

Whiting, Mary Bradford (1864-1935). Few bibliographical details for this author have been found. Her book A Daughter of the Empire (1919) is cited among notes for a Monash University exhibition on Australian Women Writers. Indications that Whiting was Australian, or at least wrote in Australia, are the titles of several of her children’s books, including, Wallaby Hill and Josee: An Australian Story. For a fragment of information on Josee see here. Chapter 1 of Sir Tristram, which was serialised in 1897, contains a portrait of a female writer in her study. She also published numerous short stories for children in “The Girls Own Paper“.
—–. Sir Tristram (serialised in 1897), Ch1; cont. Ch1 & Ch2; cont. Ch2;  cont. Ch2 & start of Ch3; cont. Ch3 & start Ch4; cont. Ch4v; cont. Ch4, start Ch5; cont. Ch5; cont. Ch5, start Ch6; cont. Ch6 & start Ch7; cont. Ch7; cont. Ch7 (poor quality); cont. Ch7, start Ch8 (poor quality); cont. Ch8v; Ch9; cont. Ch9; ch10; cont. Ch10; cont. Ch10;  cont. Ch10; Ch11; cont. 11 (4 Dec); cont. Ch11; cont. Ch11; cont. Ch12; Ch13; cont. Ch13 & start Ch14; cont. Ch14; cont. Ch14 & start Ch15; cont. Ch15 and start Ch16; cont. Ch16 (14 Dec); Ch17 (15 Dec); cont. Ch17 (16 Dec); cont. Ch18 (Dec17); Ch19 (Dec18); cont. Ch19 (20Dec); cont. Ch20 (22 Dec); Ch20 (Dec21); cont. Ch20 (Dec22); Ch21 (Dec23); cont. 21; cont. Ch21 (24 Dec);  cont. Ch22 & start Ch23 (Dec 27); cont. Ch23 & start Ch24(28 Dec); cont. 24 & Ch25 (29 Dec); cont. 25 (30 Dec) (final).

Wren, Jenny. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. Missing. A Christmas Story (), ch1; links to other chapters available via the ANF Database.

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Books by Australian women published in 1900s >

* Links to the Australian Dictionary of Biography online
** Links to AustLit
*** Links to Wiki
**** Links to VictorianResearch.org
***** Dictionary of New Zealand Biography
******Obituary on TROVE

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.