1900s

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.

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< Books by Australian women published in 1890s

Adams, Bertha Southey. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. A Barefoot Bride (1900)

Adare, James. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. Tales for Piccaninnies. (1904)

Andrews, Mrs T. R. aka Andrews, Katherine E. (-1915),
—–. Stephen Kyrle: an Australian story, T. Fisher Unwin, London, 1901, 383 pp. Also serialised.

Aston, Matilda Ann aka Aston, Tilly (1873-1947), The woolinappers : or, some tales from the by-ways of Methodism, Spectator Publishing Co., Melbourne, 1905, 104 pp.

Baker, Hannah Newton (?-?) Wytha Wytha: a tale of Australian life, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1903, 277 pp. downloadable as pdf

Bayne, Mary Addams (1850s-?), Bluegrass and wattle, or, The man from Australia, Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, 1909, 305 pp. (downloadable as pdff)

Baynton, Barbara (1857-1929).
—–. Bush Studies, Duckwork, London, 1902, 155 pp. gothic fiction
—–. Drought Driven (1903)

Blackett, Evelyn R. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. A Federation Episode (1900)

Blitz, Mrs A. (Julia) (1847-1923).
—–. An Australian Millionaire (1902; serialised version)

Boyne, Mabel, (?-?), That Australian family, Batson & Co., Sydney, 1907, 198 pp. downloadable as pdf

Bright, Annie (1840-1913), A Soul’s Pilgrimage, George Robertson and Co., Melbourne, 1907, 296 pp.

Cambridge, Ada (1844-1926), The retrospect (1909)
—–. Thirty Years in Australia (1903)
—–. Sisters (1904)

Chads, Ellen Augusta aka “E.A.C.” and “Mrs E. A. Chads” (circa1837-1843-1923), “After Fame” (1903; short story with reflections on writing and romance)
—–. “Picking Up Windfalls” (1904; short story incorporating Australian idiom; reflection on poverty, music and romance)

Clinch, Eileen. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. Australian Babie: A Story of the Wild Old Times (1907)
—–. The Story of Mavis Dacre; or, Sins of the Fathers (1908)

Cross, Zora. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. Clem’s Ride (1906)
—–. Midge: An Australian Story (1906)

Dawe, G. L. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. The Way of the Transgressor (1907)

Dwyer, Vera. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. The Bulldog’s Decision (1906)
—–. Great-Great-Uncle John (1906)
—–. Two Little Mesdames (1905)

Eyton, Alice. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. The Girl He left Behind Him: An Incident of the Trannsvaal War (1900)

Foote, Maria Hannay, aka “Egeria” and “Tau”. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. The Terror of Moggil-Moggil (1904)

Forrest, Mabel. aka M Burkinshaw. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database. Note: Forrest published many short fiction pieces during this decade, a full list of which can be found here. The following list is an uncurated sample.
A Definite Conclusion (1901); A Fair Revenge (1902); A Long Golden Day (1900); A Night at Toomgal (1901); A Point of Honour (1901); A Reproach to the Town (1900); Alec’s Dress Clothes (1904); Butterflies (1908); Charlie’s Love-Letter (1901); Compensation (1901); Comyn’s Love Story (1901); Goodbye, Sweetheart (1901)l; The Happys (1908); Her Letter (1900); In a Furnished Room (1904); Kiss Mother, Too (1903); Leila’s Laugh (1900); The Little Grey Man (1904); The Man Who Would Not Forget (1908); Mated (1903); Monica’s Make-Believe (1902); Mr. Chang (1900); Noblesse Oblige (1900); The Old Road (1901); Peter (1902); Petty Cash (1903); The Pretty Parlourmaid (1904); Red Gap (1904); The Rose of Forgiveness (1903); The Singer (1901); Sophy’s Pink Dress (1902); The Triumph of George (1901); The Wild Cat’s Story (1908)

Fortune, Mary Helena. aka “Waif Wander” and “W.W.”. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. “A Haunted Man” (1903), available via TROVE.
—–. “The Celctic Cross” (poem; 1906), available via TROVE.
—–. “Coolnabine: A Song” (poem, 1907), available via TROVE.
—–. The Family Secret (1900)
—–. “Give A Man a Chance” (1906), available via TROVE.
—–. “Kathleen’s Vocation” (1906), available via TROVE.
—–. “The Legend of Bruges” (poem, 1907), available via TROVE.
—–. “The Lilies of Forgiveness” (1904), available via TROVE.
—–. “Little Georgie’s Grandpa” (1904), available via TROVE: I, II.
—–. “ ‘Missa Est’: An Easter Story” (1906), available via TROVE.
—–. “Noel: Or Love and War” (1904), available via TROVE (poor scan quality). version2; version3; (19/1/1904; “concluded from last week 26/1/1904)
—–. “Nora’s Novena: A Christmas Story” (1903), available via TROVE (poor scan quality).
—–. “St Mary’s” (poem; 1906), available via TROVE.
—– “Swear Not At All: A Christmas Story” (1904), available via TROVE.
—– “Three Jacks” (1903), available via TROVE.
—–. “The Widow’s Wedding” (1904), available via TROVE.

Franc, Maud Jeanne, aka Matilda Jane Congreve (Birth name) and Matilda Jane Evans (married name) (1827-1886), Vermont Vale: Or Home pictures in Australia (190?)

Fullerton, Mary Eliza aka “Owen Roe O’Neill”, “L”, Joseph Marizeeni (1868-1946), Bark House Days (1921) poetry
—–. The breaking furrow: verses (Melbourne: S. J. Endacott, 1921)
—–. Moods and melodies: sonnets and lyrics (Melbourne: T.C. Lothian, 1908) Downloadable as pdf here (warning: it may download automatically)

Gaunt, Mary (1861-1942).
—–. His Mail (1900)
—–. Mistress Betty Carew: Being Some Passages in the Life of Mr George Bass, Surgeon of H.M.S. Reliance (1903)

Geach, Edwina Catherine, (1870-1905),From the Soul of the Ti-tree, Lothian, Melbourne, 1909, 94 pp.

Gibbs, May.
—–. Parson Dick of Pinginup (1908)

Grant, Isabel. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. The Furnace for Gold: A Tale of a Mining Community (1905)

Halcro, Hugh. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. Chinkie, Chonkie, Chinaman (1900)
—–. His Reward (1900)

Keith, Kyra.  Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. Lights and Shadows (1900)
—–. Kips (1901)
—–. Out on the Rocks (1901)

Knowles, Marion Miller aka Marion Miller (1865-1949), Shamrock and Wattle Bloom: a series of short tales and sketches, Edgerton and Moore, Melbourne, 1900, 208 pp.

Lancaster, G. B. aka Lyttleton, Edith Joan (1873-1945), A spur to smite, Andrew Melrose, London, 1905, 123 pp. Downloadable here.

Lawson, Louisa.
—–. Green Peaches (1903)

Luffmann, Laura Bogue (1946-1929).
—–. A Cold Lover (1900)
—–. ‘An Elderly Romance‘, in Charleton, W. R. (ed.), The Red kangaroo and other Australian short stories, John Fairfax and Sons, Sydney, 1907, pp. 40-45.
—–. ‘Seen in the Biograph‘, in Charleton, W. R. (ed.), The Red kangaroo and other Australian short stories, John Fairfax and Sons, Sydney, 1907, pp. 232-238.

Mordaunt, Elinor aka Mordaunt, Evelyn May (1872-1942), The garden of contentment, Heinemann, London, 1902, 240 pp.

Palmer-Archer, Laura M (1862-1929), A Bush Honeymoon and Other Stories, T. Fisher Unwin, London, 1904, 350 pp.

Parker, K. Langloh. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. A Day in the Life of a Western Squatter’s Wife (1902)
—–. The Remnant of a Life (1903)

Partrige, Sydney and Warren, Cecil. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. A Bush Torquemada (1902)
—–. The Education of Clothilde (1907)

Philpott, N. V. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. “The Waters of Marah” (1908; in 3 parts), I, II, III.

Praed, Mrs Campbell aka Rosa Caroline Praed (1851-1935), My Australian Girlhood: Sketches and impressions of bush life, Fisher Unwin, London, 1904, 270 pp. romance and gothic
—–. The Maid of the River, John Long, London, 1905.
—–. The Luck of the Leura, John Long, London, 1907.
—–. A Summer Wreath, Long, London, 1909, 317 pp.
—–. Fugitive Anne: A Romance of the Unexplored Bush (London: J. Long, 1902) 428 pp. Available as pdf

Richardson, Henry Handel* (1870-1946), Maurice Guest (1908)

Robinson, Jean C. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. The Hermit of Myalong: A Romance of the Australian Alps (1903-04)

Rosman, Alice Grant. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. Fate and Patricia (1907)
—–. Neva. (1901)

Rowlands, Effie Adelaide. aka Albanesi, E. Maria, and Madame Albanesi. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. Bonnie Barbara: A Fascinating Love Story (1903)
—–. The Brown Eyes of Mary (1905)
—–. Priceless Violet (1901)
—–. The Way to Win (1908)

Rugby, Jack. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. Nobody’s Baby (1900)

Stevens, J. M. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. A Son of the Soil (1908)
—–. The Wattle Sprite (1901)

Sweetapple, Anna Mapleson. aka “Silver Wattle”. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. Is Life Worth Living? (1902)
—–. The Scorn of Her Eyes (1903)
—–. Strong Delusion (1906)

Tibbs, Mrs C. E. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. Love Triumphant (1909)

Turner, Ethel.
—–. The Convalescence of Taffie Farndon (1900)
—–. Fugitives from fortune (1909)
—–. The Gift Impossible (1904)
—–. More about Misrule (1903)
—–. Mr. Jessop’s experiment (1903)
—–. The Museum at Koonaworra (1903)
—–. The Raft in the Bush (1902)
—–. The Story of a Selection (1901)
—–. That girl (1907)
—–. Thomas (1903)
—–. Three Little Maids (1900)

Turner, Lilian,** (1867-1956).
—–. An Australian Lassie (1903-05 or 1910)
—–. One Chance in a Hundred (1902)

Weston, Kate Helen. aka Mrs J S Weston.  Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. A Daughter of the Bush: A Tale of South Australia (1906)
—–. An Unorthodox Courtship (1905)
—–. Binks: The Story of a Great Endeavour (1908)
—–. The Honeymoon (1908)
—–. Jacob Hoffmann’s Temptation (1909)
—–. The Little Veteran (1905)
—–. The Marriage of Martin Mainwaring (1909)
—–. The Peacemakers (1908)
—–. The Seventh Earl of Cholmondley (1903)
—–. Sir Peter’s Heir (1909)

Whitfeld, Adeline J. aka A Jamieson Wrainford. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. “The Soldier’s Wife” (1900; children’s fiction in 2 parts), via TROVE: I, II.
—–. “Mrs Bockles’s Five” (1900; children’s fiction in 3 parts), via TROVE: I, II, III.
—–. “Dr Patch” (1901; children’s fiction in 2 parts), via TROVE I, II.

Wren, Jenny. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. Sir Godfrey’s Decree (1900)

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Books by Australian women published in 1910s >

* Links to the Australian Dictionary of Biography online
** Links to AustLit

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. Initially, many of these text were found in the Colonial Australian Popular Fiction: A Digital Archive (CAPF) and some 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. Some authors and texts have more recently (February 2019) been discovered in the Australian Newspaper Fiction Database. Some titles are linked to that database, if elsewhere unpublished, instead of, or in addition to, direct links to publications/serialisations in TROVE. 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.