1930s

The following list provides links to texts by well-known and forgotten Australian women writers published in the 1930s which are available either to be read online or for download. They are organised alphabetically by author in decade of publication.

Links below are to Trove unless otherwise stated.

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< Texts by Australian women published in 1920s

Adams, Bertha Southey aka Bertha Adams, B. S. Adams, Mrs T C Brommal, Berta Southey Brammall; b. 1877 Hamilton, Tas; d. 1957 Sydney, NSW.
—–. “Hinkler in Italy” (1933, poem)

Aston, Matilda Ann aka Aston, Tilly (1873-1947).
—–. Old timers: sketches and word pictures of the old pioneers, Lothian Publishing Co., Melbourne, 1938, 148 pp.

Baily, Elsie Marion. aka E. M. Baily, Elsie Marion Croll d. 19 Nov 1974, Sydney, NSW.
—–. “Birds of a Feather” (1937, short story, crime)
—–. The Chains of Yesterday, (novella) published 4 May 1935 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on Trove.
—–. Before the Dawn (published in The Australian Women’s Weekly 1934)
—–. Outcast of Eden, Sydney: Johnson, 1933, 252 pp. (downloadable as pdf)
—–. “Passing the Love of Women” (1934): intro; ch1; ch1 (cont.); ch1 (cont.); ch2 (cont.); ch2 (cont.); ch3 (cont.); ch 3 (cont.); ch4 (cont.); ch5 (cont.); ch5 (cont.); ch6 (cont.); ch7 (cont.); ch7 (cont.); ch8 (cont.); ch8 (cont.); ch9 (cont.) – poor scan quality; ch9 (cont.); ch10 (cont.); ch11 (cont.); ch11 (cont.); ch12 (cont.); ch12 (cont.); ch13 (cont.); ch13 (cont.); ch14 (cont.); ch15 (cont.); ch15 (cont.); ch16 (cont.); ch17; ch17 (cont.); ch18; ch18 (cont.); ch18 (cont.); ch19 (cont.); ch19 (cont.); ch20 (cont.); ch20 (cont. final).
—–. [Pathways of the Sky (Sydney: The Macquarie Head Press, 1933), print copy available at SLNSW]
—–. “Wings of the Morning” (1937): ch1 (1 May); 8 May; 15 May; 22 May; 29 May; 5 June; 12 Jun; 19 Jun; 26 Jun; 3 Jul; 10 Jul; 17 Jul; 24 Jul; 7 Aug; 14 Aug; 21 Aug (final).

Barnard, Marjorie b. 1897; d. 1987. Part of writing team “M Barnard Eldershaw – see separate entry)
—–. “First Prize (of a lottery winner)” (1937, short story)
—–. “Only the Poet” (1936, column)

Birkett, Winifred.
—–. Three Goats on a Bender, published 29 October 1938 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on Trove.

Boake, Capel aka Doris Boake Kerr b. 29 Aug 1899; d. 5 Jun 1944. Essay including a discussion of Boake’s work, 2009.
—–. “Anzac Day” (1930, poem)
—–. “Birth of a Novel: The Spinning of ‘The Dark Thread’” (1936, essay)
—–. [“The Country Doctor” (1934; appears in The Centenary Gift Book eds Frances Fraser and Nettie Palmer: Melbourne, Robertson & Mullens for the Women’s Centenary Council, 1934); hard copy available at SLNSW]
—–. “Christmas Lilies” (1932, poem)
—–. The Dark Thread (1936, novel)
—–. “Desire” (1932, poem)
—–. “Jenny” (1930, short story)
—–. “The Last Song” (1938, short story)
—–. “Roads” (1932, poem)
—–. “Rose Aylmer” (1930, short story)
—–. [“The Sad Case of Miss Brown” in Bohemia: The All-Australian Literary Magazine, April no 1, 1939: 16; hard copy available at SLNSW.]

Brewster-Jones, Rebecca b. c1850s; d. c1943
—–. Bolero (1931, drama and poetry)

Bridges, Hilda,**
—–. The House With the Black Blinds,  published 4 December 1930 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on Trove.

[Campbell, Jean b. 1901 d. 1984, Brass and Cymbals (1933); Lest We Lose our Edens (1935); Greek Key Pattern (1935); The Red Sweet Wine (1937); The Babe is Wife (1939); available in print from SLNSW)]

Carey, Anna (1904?-?).
—–. “Experience” (1931, poem)

Chadwick, Dorothy,**
—–.Young April, published 26 Feb 1938 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on Trove.

Clark, Marjorie aka Georgia Rivers. b. 1897 Melbournce, Vic; d. 1989, Melbourne, Vic.
—–. “Crinoline Comedy” (1931, short story, romance)
—–. “Desperate Ills” (1933, short story)
—–. “It’s Hard to Say, Isn’t It?” (1939, short story)
—–. “Pianissimo” (1930, poem)
—–. “The Pinch of Pepper” (1933, short story)
—–. “Smooth Management” (1930, short story)
—–. “The Unborn” (1930, poem)

Clyde, Constance. See entry for Constance McAdam.

Cross, Zora aka Zora Bernice May Cross, Bernice Smith, Z. C. Bernice May, Adelaide Stree, B May, Mary Glenbrook, Zora C Smith, Rosa Carment and Daisy M. b. 18 May 1890 Eagle Farm, QLD; d. 22 Jan 1964, Glenbrook, NSW. [works in copyright until 2034]
—–. “A Family Affair” (1939)
—–. “Aren’t Women Cats?” (by “Rosa Carmen”; 1930)
—–. “Aunt Deborah’s Romance” (1930)
—–. “The Brooch” (1938)
—–. “Christmas Creek” (by “Bernice May”; 1931)
—–. “Doris Egerton Jones: The Woman and Her Work” (by “Bernice May”; 1930)
—–. “Edith Sterling Levis” (by “Bernice May”; 1930)
—–. “The Experiment” (1930)
—–. “Good Australians” (1933)
—–. “Island Fever” (by “Rosa Carmen”; 1930)
—–. “Jean Devanny” (by “Bernice May”; 1930)
—–. “The Lady of a Thousand Songs” (by “Rosa Carmen”; 1930)
—–. “Nina Lowe” (by “Bernice May”; 1930)
—–. “Norma L Davis” (by “Bernice May”; 1931)
—–. “The Portrait” (1938)
—–. “The Punch of Kampape” (1930)
—–. “The “Song-Makers”: A Worthwhile Book of Verse by Nora McAuliffe” (1938, review)
—–. “The Swamp” (1938)
—–. “This Love Business” (1930)
—–. “White Australia” (1930)
—–. “Writer and Librarian: A Long-distance Talk with Gertrude Hart” (by Bernice May; 1930)

De Conlay, Olive b. 1882; d. 1935; Obituary (21 Oct 1935)
—–. “After Many Years” (1930, short story)
—–. “Heaven For Two” (1930, short story)
—–. “Her Last Tramp” (1930, short story)
—–. “Polyanthus for Polly Ann” (1931, short story)
—–. “Their Beano” (1930, short story)
—–. “The Wreath” (1930, short story)

De Mole, Evelyn b. 1875 SA; d. 1953
—–. For the Young In Heart (1936, poetry collection; children’s)

Deamer, Dulcie* aka Mary Elizabeth Kathleen Dulcie Deamer, Dulcie Goldie. b.1890; d.1972.
—–. “A Dark Wave Breaks” (1934, short story)
—–. “A Love-story of Babylon” (1930, short story)
—–. “The Bride of the Laughing Ghost” (1931, short story)
—–. “The Empty House” (1932, short story)
—–. “The End of the Masquerade” (1932, short story)
—–. “The Greater Marriage” (1930, short story)
—–. “Lavinia’s Birthday” (1931, short story)
—–. “The Man Who Was Not Afraid” (1931, short story)
—–. “The Sirens” (1931, short story)
—–. “Young Orpheus” (1931, short story)

Doyle, Ruby Mary; aka Ruby Doyle, Ruby M Doyle b. 1887; d. c1943
—–. “A Little Bit of England” (1938, prose)
—–. “A Trip to the Bulga: Ellenborough Falls” (1931, prose)
—–. “An English Spring” (1939, prose)
—–. “Back to Bandon” (1931, short story)
—–. “Black Head” (1931, prose)
—–. “Bliss House” (1931, short story)
—–. “Boating on the Barrington” (1931, prose)
—–. “The Bridge” (1934, short story)
—–. “The Bush Fires” (1939, short story)
—–. “The CWA: A country sketch” (1930, prose)
—–. “Dungog on the Williams” (1930, prose; “Glimpses of Country Life” series)
—–. “The English Garden” (1938, prose)
—–. “The Flame” (1935)
—–. “Gambler’s Luck” (1930, short story)
—–. “Gresford, on the Patterson” (1931, prose)
—–. “Hans Anderson’s Love Story” (1930, prose)
—–. “His Relations” (1930, short story)
—–. “The Hunter River” (1930, prose)
—–. “Ideal Gardens at Olympia” (1938, prose)
—–. “Inheritance” (1938, serialised in Weekly Times): 30Jul; 6Aug; 13Aug
.—–. “The Invisible Guest” (1934, short story)
—–. “The Little Corner Shops of London” (1938, prose)
—–. “The Long White Road” (1930, short story)
—–. “The Magpie’s Nest” (1931, short story)
—–. “The Mist” (1931, short story)
—–. “Mountain Beauty” (1931, prose)
—–. “Mr Browning” (1935, short story)
—–. “The Old House” (1935, short story)
—–. “Olympia: the Greatest Exhibition in the World” (1938, prose)
—–. “The Orange Feather” (1938, short story)
—–. “The Orchard” (1930, short story)
—–. “The Parlour” (1931, short story)
—–. “The Peaceful Beauty of Dungog” (1933; prose; “Glimpses of Country Life” series)
—–. “Peggy O’Shannon” (1934, short story)
—–. “The Precipice” (1930, short story)
—–. “River Song” (1939, prose)
—–. “Sally” (1930, short story)
—–. “The Seance” (1931, short story)
—–. Sleepy Hollow (1931, novella serialised in The Wingham Chronicle): 12Jun; 19Jun; 26Jun; 3Jul; 10Jul; 17Jul; 24Jul; 31Jul; 7Aug; 14Aug; 21Aug; [28Aug no instalment]; 4Sep; 11Sep; 18Sep; 2Oct (ch15); 9Oct; 16Oct; 23Oct (ch16); 6Nov; 13Nov; 20Nov; 27Nov; 4Dec; 11Dec; 18Dec; 22Dec; 29Dec: missing issue.
—–. “Snow” (1939, prose)
—–. “Snow on the Ranges” (1936, short story)
—–. “Spring Cleaning” (1930, prose; humour)
—–. “Spring Magic” (1931, short story)
—–. “Summer Moon” (1935, short story)
—–. “The Transformation of an Old Country Home” (1930, prose)
—–. “The Valley Train” (1934, short story)
—–. “Victoria Road: In Kensington, London” (1938, prose)
—–. “Wattle Creek Swank” (1931, short story)
—–. “The Whip Hand” (1931, short story)

Drake-Brockman, Henrietta.*
—–. The Disquieting Sex, serialised in Table Talk 1930 (first chapter); republished in The Swan Express 20 June 1946 and available on Trove (first chapter).

Drew, Dene; birth name: Christina Wilhelmina Kirkham; Mrs G W Kendrew of Bute, SA b. 1864 d. 1949 (Note: Drew published several more journalistic pieces in the 1930s not listed here.)
—–. “A Back Number” (1932, short story)
—–. “A Millionaire’s Daughter” (1931, short story)
—–. “A Practical Joke” (1934, short story)
—–. “A Summer Idyll” (1934, short story)
—–. “An Old Garden” (1936, prose)
—–. “Aunt Alison’s Fortune” (1938, short story)
—–. “Carissima: the story of a song” (1935, short story): 17 May; 24 May; 31 May; 7 Jun; 14 Jun; 21 Jun; 28 Jun; 5 Jul; 12 Jul; 19 Jul; 26 Jul; 2 Aug;
—–. “The Christmas Guest” (1932, short story)
—–. “Christmas Roses” (1931, short story)
—–. “The Coming of Marigold” (1932, short story)
—–. “Cousins” (1933, short story)
—–. “The Dream of Pilate’s Wife” (1934, short story; Easter theme)
—–. “Dreams” (1936, prose)
—–. “Friendship” (1938, prose)
—–. “Home” (1938, prose)
—–. “I Shall Not Pass This Way Again” (1939, prose)
—–. “Illusions Dispelled” (1936, short story)
—–. “Kathleen Mavourneen” (1933, short story)
—–. “Never Mind” (1937, prose)
—–. “Opportunities” (1938, prose)
—–. “The Reminiscences of a Half-Crown” (1936, short story)
—–. “The Resident Doctor” (1930, short story)
—–. “The Ruby Necklace” (1933, short story)
—–. “Temperance: the Christmas Gift” (1933, prose)
—–. “Their First Christmas” (1932, short story)
—–. “Twixt Cup and Lip: short Christmas story” (1936, short story)
—–. “Two Christmases” (1933, short story)
—–. “Under the Umbrella” (1936, short story)
—–. “Until Seventy Times Seven” (1933, short story)
—–. “The Wallet” (1935, short story): 11 Oct; 18 Oct.
—–. “Wanted, A Wife” (1938, short story)
—–. “Winifred’s Christmas Gifts” (1930, short story)

Dunn, Annie Powis aka Annie Elizabeth Powis Dunn, Powis, “An Australian Mother”. Birth name: Annie Jordan; b. 1863, Bristol, England; d. 1936 Brisbane, QLD. Obituary: The Telegraph, 8 Apr 1936: 2. Mentioned very briefly in a review of Henry Arthur Kellow’s Queensland Poets 4 Oct 1930. Biographical snippet, The Queenslander 21 Feb 1935.
—–. “Flowers At Play” (1930, poem)
—–. “Historic Newstead” (1934, Letter to the Editor)
—–. “Lovely-land” (1930, poem)
—–. “The Mantis” (1930, poem)
—–. Report of Powis’ extract from the memoirs of her mother, Mrs Henry Jordan, Sunday Mail 16 Dec 1934; further recollections 5 May 1935;
—–. “Suppose” (1930, poem)

Dwyer, Vera. Identified as Australian and female in Australian Newspaper Fiction Database.
—–. In Pursuit of Patrick

Eldershaw, M Barnard (writing name for Flora Eldershaw 191897-1956) and Marjorie Barnard (1897-1987)
—–. “Christina Stead” (1937, criticism)
—–. “Eleanor Dark” (1937, criticism)
—–. Essays in Australian Fiction (1938; rep 1970, criticism) – link to Open Library, access conditions apply (sign up as member to borrow by the hour, free) – collects essays published elsewhere
—–. “Henry Handel Richardson” (1937, criticism)

Ercole, Velia** aka Velia Gregory, Margaret Gregory b.1893; d. 1978 [copyright until 2048]
—–. “A Kingdom for Lily Skinner”, short story, McLean’s, July 1931: available online for fee.
—–. “A Wise Old Bird is a Pelican“, (“A complete Story”), Table Talk, 12/11/1936.
—–. Accident” (short story),Table Talk, 29/03/1934.
—–. “Art and Elizabeth”, Maclean’s, 01/08/1938, available online for fee.
—–.The Beggar“, Smith’s Weekly, 09/04/1932.
—–. Breakfast After Ten Years“,Table Talk, 31/03/1932.
—–. “Brief Discontent“, Maclean’s, 01/04/1935, also Table Talk, 03/09/1936 (p13).
—–. “Bernie McCurley’s Kink” (1937, short story)
—–. “Blackmail” (1937, short story)
—–. “Companion-Help”, short story, Maclean’s, 15/05/1936 (p24), available for fee; also GRIT: story section, Feb 1944.
—–.Cora and the Rich Man“, The Spokesman Review 02/02/1935. Also published in Table Talk, 02/07/1936.
—–. [Dark Windows (London: Thornton Butterworth, 1934; novel); print copy available SLNSW]
—–. “The Folly of Being Wise“, Table Talk, 03/05/1934.
—–. Fool’s Chance, The Home: An Australian Quarterly (1932).
—–. “Gay Comrades” (1932, short story)
—–. “Glamor” (short story), 06/04/1933, Table Talk.
—–. “Going to Kenya” (short story), Macleans, 15/09/1931, also Table Talk, 14/03/1932.
—–. “Greatest Gain“, Table Talk, 17/09/1936.
—–. “Half-and-Hour“, Table Talk 2 Jun 1932: pp19-; very poor scan quality in Trove.
—–. “Humoresque” (1932, short story)
—–. “Imprisoned“, Table Talk, 28/04/1932.
—–. “Mamie Dines Out” (1933, short story humour)
—–. Marriage Made On Earth, (1939) published as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on Trove.
—–. “Marriage Song“, Table Talk, 31/05/1934.
—–. “Miss Mafflin” (1932, short story)
—–. “Nineteen and She’d Met a Man“, Table Talk, 29/09/1933.
—–. “No Escape” (1931, short story/novella): ch1 (Jan21); ch2 (Jan 28); ch2 (cont.) 4 Feb; ch3 (cont.) 11 Feb; ch4 (cont.) 18 Feb; ch4 (cont.) 28 Feb; ch5 (cont.) 4 Mar; ch5 (cont.) 11 Mar; ch5 (cont.) 18 Mar; ch6 (cont.) 26 Mar; ch6 (cont.) 1 Apr; ch7 (cont.) 8 Apr; ch8 (cont.) 15 Apr; ch9 (cont.) 22 Apr; ch9 (cont.) 29 Apr; ch10 (cont.) 6 May; ch11 13 May; ch11 (cont.) 20 May, final. Quote in “Said About Women”, The Australian Women’s Mirror: “Not all women have the chance of undertaking marriage. And often it fails them. Then they starve or are dependent on relatives. Or they become lady helps. – Olwen Ferrars in No Escape.”
—–. “Noise in the Night“, Table Talk, 16/07/1936.
—–. “Nothing Else Serious” (short story), Table Talk, 03/06/1937. Might also have been published as “Millicent’s Best Interests”, in Woman’s Home Companion, Oct 1937.
—–. “The Wife of a Genius“, Table Talk, 15/09/1932.

Field, Catherine Eliza Somerville: aka Katie Langloch, 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).
—–. “Bootoolgah, the Crane, and Goonur, the Kangaroo Rat, the Fire-Makers” (1932, short story)
—–. [Woggheeguy: Australian Aboriginal Legends (1930): hard copy available at SLNSW]

Finn, Mary Agnes b. c1860, Vic; d. Randwick, NSW 1948
—–. A Strange Destiny (1930, serialised in The Catholic Press): 16 Jan; 23 Jan; 30 Jan; 6 Feb; 13 Feb; 20 Feb; 6 Mar; 13 Mar; 20 Mar; 27 Mar; 3 Apr; 10 Apr.
—–. Clifton Manor (1939, serialised in The Catholic Press): 11 May; 18 May; 25 May; 1 Jun; 8 Jun; 15 Jun; 22 Jun; 29 Jun; 6 Jul; 13 Jul; 20 Jul; 27 Jul; 3 Aug; 10 Aug; 17 Aug; 24 Aug.

Franklin, Miles b. 1879; d. 1954
—–. “Australians Do Not Exist” (1937, column)
—–. Back To Bool Bool (1931, novel)
—–. “Crowded Canvases” (1936, column)
—–. “Such Is Colonialism” (1937, criticism)

Fullerton, Mary Eliza aka Robert Gray, Turner O Lingo, Gordon Manners, “E”, Alpenstock, “Owen 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). [works out of copyright]
—–. [“A Fantasy” (1934, short story; appears in Centenary Gift Book; print copy available at SLNSW]

Gilmore, Mary; birth name: Mary Jean Cameron; b. 1865; d. 1962; Mary Gilmore was a prolific writer who published over many decades. A full list of her works can be found at AustLit (subscription or free access via library membership).
—–. “Aboriginal Science: Fish Traps and Fish Balks” (1933, prose)
—–. “Don’t Quit” (1934, poem)
—–. “From Merry Me” (1934, poem)
—–. “If Only We Could” (1933, poem)
—–. “In the Years of the Lamplighter” (1936, poem)
—–. “The Jewel” (1934, poem; “from Under the Wilgas”)
—–. “Love of Freedom” (1930, poem)
—–. “‘Merryvale’ Poplar: Tree That Speaks History” (1936, prose)

Grant, Isabel aka Isabella Grant, Isabel Murray. b. c1870, Scotland; d. 1952, Bundaberg, QLD.
—–. “An Interesting Case” (1933)

Gregory, Ada Leonora (1873-1935).
—–. The clouded dream : a story of two incarnations, J.R. Price, Melbourne, 1938, 18 pp. Downloadable here.

Grimshaw, Beatrice.**
—–. “Eyes of Pearl” (1935, story)
—–. “The Jasmine Balcony” (1936, story)
—–.
Lost Behind the Ranges” (1935; story)
—–. “The Maid of Niu-Niu” (1935, story)
—–. My South Sea Sweetheart
, originally published London: Mills & Boon 1922; republished 14 May 1938 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on Trove.
—–. Victorian Family Robinson (1935; romance and comedy)

Heney, L.A.B.** [Lucy Amy Beatrice Heney] b. 1903, Mosman NSW.
—–. The Shadow Tree, (London: Andrew Melrose, 1936; republished 29 January 1938 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel).

Holman, Ada A. Birth name Ada Augusta Kidgell. b. 1869, Ballarat, Vic; d. 1949.
—–. Eve in the Desert (1934, serialised in Sydney Morning Herald): 27 Jan; 29 Jan; 30 Jan; 31 Jan; 1 Feb; 2 Feb; 3 Feb; 5 Feb; 6 Feb; 7 Feb; 8 Feb; 10 Feb; 12 Feb; 13 Feb; 14 Feb; 15 Feb; 16 Feb; 17 Feb; 19 Feb; 20 Feb; 21 Feb; 22 Feb; 23 Feb; 24 Feb; 26 Feb; 27 Feb.
—–. “Gain” (1934, short story)
—–. Good Courage (1936, serialised in Sydney Morning Herald): 21 Jul; 23 Jul; 24 Jul; 25 Jul; 27 July; 28 Jul: ch7; 28 Jul: ch8; 29 Jul; 30 Jul; 31 Jul; 1 Aug; 3 Aug; 4 Aug; 5 Aug; 6 Aug; 7 Aug; 8 Aug; 10 Aug; 11 Aug; 12 Aug; 13 Aug; 14 Aug; 15 Aug; 17 Aug; 18 Aug; 19 Aug; 20 Aug; 21 Aug; 22 Aug; 24 Aug; 25 Aug; 26 Aug; 27 Aug: ch31; 27 Aug: ch32; 28 Aug; 29 Aug; 31 Aug: ch34 cont.; 31 Aug: ch35; 1 Sep; 2 Sep; 3 Sep; 4 Sep; 5 Sep; 7 Sep; 8 Sep; 9 Sep; 10 Sep; 11 Sep; 12 Sep; 14 Sep; 15 Sep; 16 Sep; 17 Sep; 18 Sep: ch49 cont.; 18 Sep: ch50 (final).
—–. “Romance in Australia’s Settlement” (1937, lecture “read beofre the Royal Australian Historical Society”; begins with a quote from A House Is Built)

Howitt, Mary E. B. b. 1866; c. 1933
—–. “The Squatter’s Papers: Charles Reade on Australia” (1931, prose)

Irby, Florence M. b. 1875; d. 1964, Port Macquarie NSW; naturalist and resident of Casino NSW
—–. The Waggon of Birds (1933, novella serialised in The Australian Women’s Mirror): 5 Sep; 12 Sep; 19 Sep; 26 Sep; 3 Oct; 10 Oct (final).

Kearnan, Agnes H b. 1861; d. 1942
—–. Nonette (1930, poetry)

Kelaher, Mary. Birth name Mary Ellen Cross. b. 1895, Moree, NSW; d. 1943, Sydney, NSW.
—–. Lost Enchantment (1937-38, novella, serialised in Australian Woman’s Mirror): ch1 (9 Nov); ch5 (16 Nov); ch5 con. (23 Nov); ch7 cont. (30 Nov); (7 Dec); ch11 cont. (14 Dec); ch13 cont. (21 Dec); ch15 cont. (28 Dec); ch16 (4 Jan).
—–. Security (1931, novella serialised in Australian Woman’s Mirror): ch1 (24 Mar); ch2 cont. (31 Mar); ch4 cont. (7 Apr); ch6 cont. (14 Apr); ch10 cont. (21 Apr); ch11 cont. (28 Apr); ch14 (5 May); ch16 cont. (12 May); ch18 (19 May); ch19 cont. (26 May); ch21 (2 Jun) final.

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.
—–. [The House of the Garden of Roses (Melbourne: J F Bracken [1922]); print copy available SLNSW]
—–. Meg of ‘Minadong’ (Melbourne: E A Vidler, 1926)
—–. “The Spitfire” (1926)

Lancaster, G. B. (1873-1945), aka Lyttleton, Edith Joan.
—–. Pageant, Endeavour Press, Sydney, 1933, 407 pp. Downloadable here.

Le Plastrier, Constance Mary aka “Erica”, “Mary Lee” b. 1864; d. 1938
—–. The Long Way (1931-32, serialised novel)
—–. The Secret of Dairmid Castle (1933, serialised novel)
—–. Tempering the Steel (1930-31, serialised novel)
—–. The Thorny Way (1935-36, serialised novel)
—–. The Worker in Stone (1936-37, serialised novel)

Liston, Ellen (1838-1885). [works out of copyright]
—–. Pioneers: stories, E.A. Harwood, Hassell Press, Adelaide, 1936, 190 pp [published posthumously]

Little, Maud Isabel aka M. I. Little b. 1876 d. 1961
—–. “By the Courtesy of the Camoans” (1932)
—–. Happy Days in Malacca (1933; novella serialised in The Southern Cross): 7 Apr; 13 Apr; 21 Apr; 28 Apr; 5 May; 12 May; 19 May; 26 May; 2 Jun; 9 Jun (final).
—–. “Mr Pratt and the Piano” (1938, short story)

Littlejohn, Agnes b. 1865; d.1944 Ryde NSW
—–. “Slumber Song” (1938, lyrics)

Littlejohn, Linda b. 1883; d. 1949
—–. “A Problem Solved” (1933, short story)

Lloyd, Mary 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.
—–. “Maggie Dwyer’s Weddin’ Spree” (1933, short story)
—–. “The Trials of a Saint’s Wife: A Peep Into Countess Tolstoy’s Diary” (1930, article)

McAdam, Constance, aka Constance Clyde, Clyde Writer, Pen, C. C., C Clyde. b. 1872, Glasgow, Scotland; d. 1951, Brisbane QLD.
—–. “Change of Heart” (1935)
—–. “Dr Fairchild’s Sister” (1938, in the “Kensit Stories” series)
—–. “Evidence by Pantomime” (1938, in the “Kensit Stories” series))
—–. “Mr Long Retaliates” (1934)
—–. “The Return of Jack Orton” (1937)
—–. “The Saucer Case” (1938, in the “Kensit Stories” series)

McAuliffe, Nora aka Nora Kelly b. Dunedin New Zealand; resident of Australia.
—–. [The Song-Maker and Other Verse (Sydney: Bulletin Newspaper Co, 1937); print copy available SLNSW]

Mack, Louise aka Marie Louise Hamilton Mack; Mrs Creed; Mrs Allen Illingworth Leyland; Mrs J P Creed; Mrs J Percy Cred; Mrs Percy Creed; Marie Louise Creed; Felicia Watts; Louise M; M.L.M.; Nerang Minstrel. b 10 Oct 1870 Hobart; d. 23 Nov 1935 Mosman NSW. [work out of copyright]
—–. Eve’s Daughter (1933)
—–. “Father’s Voice” (1933; short story, mystery)
—–. “Louise Mack’s Diary” (1933; column): 17 June 1933; 24 June; 1 Jul; 8 Jul; 15 Jul.
—–. [Maiden’s Prayer (Sydney: NSW Bookstall Company, 1934); available in print from SLNSW]
—–. “Ninety-Mile Beach: Memories of a Picnic” (1932)
—–. “Shopelogues: Marketing Discoveries” (1931, prose)
—–. Teens Triumphant (Sydney: P R Stephensen, 1933; young adult novel)
—–. “Wedding Eve” (1931)

Marc, Elizabeth birth name Elsie Penn Algar, aka Elizabeth Mostyn; Elsie Penn Mostyn; writes as Princess Nusrat Ali Mirza; b. 1882 Kent, Eng; d. 1964, NSW; arrived in Australian 1927
—–. Bush Ragamuffins (1935)

Morris, Myra.**
—–. Beggar’s Roost: A serial novel.
“Comedy in a Seaside Villa”. The Australian Women’s Mirror, Vol11/no.47, 15 October, 1935, p4, available on Trove.
—–. Wind on the Water, published 28 October 1939 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on Trove. May also be available via your library as an ebook; details on untapped.org.au
—–. Young Grief. (Children’s/YA short story), published in The Home: An Australian Quarterly, Vol 20/no.4, 1 April 1939, p44, available on Trove. A young girl contemplates offering up a sacrifice after the loss of her idol.

Neville, Margot.** [aka sisters Margot Goyder and Ann Joske]:
—–. Giving the Bride Away, (originally published 1930, New York: Bride and Company; republished 26 October 1935 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on Trove.
—-. Jenifer’s Husband, published 2 January 1937 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on Trove. Detective story.
—–. Kissproof, (originally published 1928; republished 24 Octover 1936 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel).
—–. Marietta is Stolen, (originally published 1922; republished 31 July 1937 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel; detective story).
—–. Sugar Cured, published 23 May 1936 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on Trove.

Park, Ruth b. 24 Aug 1917, Auckland, NZ; d. 16 Dec 1910, Sydney NSW; arrived in Australia in 1942.
—–. “The Lamp” (1936; prize-winning story in ENZED: “Young Story-Writers of New Zealand”)

Parry, Alice Fox (c1903-1951)
—–. “An Interview by Proxy” (1931, short story; The Australian Women’s Mirror)
—–. Cross Currents (1934, novella): ch1; ch 1 cont.; ch2; ch3; ch4;  ch4 cont.; ch5; ch6; ch7; ch7 cont.; ch8; ch9; ch9 cont.; ch10; ch10 cont.; ch11; ch12; ch12 cont.; ch13; ch13 (cont.); ch14; ch14 cont.; ch15; ch16; ch16 cont.; ch17; ch17 cont.; ch18; ch19; ch19 cont.; ch20; ch21; ch21 cont.; ch22; ch23 (final).
—–. Expert Advice (1933; novella serialised in The Argus ) Prologue and ch1 (13 Jun) – very faint, almost unreadable print; ch1 cont. (15 Jun); ch2 cont. (17 Jun); ch2 cont. (20 Jun); ch3 cont. (22 June); ch5 (24 Jun); ch5 cont. (27 Jun); ch6 (29 Jun); ch6 (1 Jul); ch7 cont. (4 Jul); ch8 (6 Jul); ch9 cont. (11 Jul); ch10 cont. (13 July); ch11 cont. (15 Jul); ch12 cont. (18 Jul) – very faint scan; ch12 cont. (20 Jul) – very faint scan; ch13 cont. (22 Jul); ch14 cont. (25 Jul) – faint scan; ch15 cont. (27 Jul); ch15 cont. (29 Jul); ch16 cont. (1 Aug) – faint scan; ch16 cont. (3 Aug); ch17 cont. (5 Aug); ch18 cont. (8 Aug) – very faint scan; ch19 cont. (10 Aug); ch20 (12 Aug); ch20 cont. (15 Aug); ch21 cont. (17 Aug); ch22 cont. (19 Aug);  ch22 cont. (22 Aug); ch23 cont. (24 Aug) final.
—–. Flood Waters (1934 novella serialised in The Argus): ch1 (6 Feb); ch2 (8 Feb); ch3 cont. (10 Feb); ch4 cont. (15 Feb); ch5 cont. (17 Feb); ch6 cont. (20 Feb); ch8 cont. (24 Feb); ch9 cont. (27 Feb) – very faint print; ch10 cont. (1 Mar); ch11 cont. (3 Mar); ch12 cont. (6 Mar); ch13 cont. (10 Mar); ch15 cont. (15 Mar); ch16 (17 Mar); ch17 cont. (20 Mar); ch18 cont. (24 Mar); ch19 cont. (27 Mar); ch19 cont. (29 Mar); ch20 cont. (31 Mar); ch20 cont. (3 Apr); ch21 cont. (5 Apr); ch22 cont. (7 Apr); ch23 (10 Apr); ch23 cont.v (12 Apr) final.
—–. “River Gold” (1935, short story)
—–. Shadowed Gold (1932, novella; serialised in The Argus): ch1 (5 Jul); ch1 cont. (7 Jul); ch2 cont. (12 Jul); ch2 cont. (14 July) – very faint copy; ch3 (19 Jul); ch3 cont. (21 Jul); ch3 cont. (26 Jul); ch4 cont. (28 Jul); ch5 cont. (2 Aug); ch5 cont. (4 Aug); ch6 cont. (9 Aug); ch7 cont. (11 Aug);  ch8 cont. (16 Aug); ch8 cont. (18 Aug); ch9 cont. (23 Aug); ch9 cont. (25 Aug); ch10 cont. (30 Aug); ch11 cont. (1 Sep); ch11 cont. (6 Sep); ch12 cont. (8 Sep); ch13 cont. (13 Sep); ch14 cont. (15 Sep); ch15 cont. (20 Sep); ch15 cont. (22 Sep); ch16 cont. (27 Sep); ch17 cont. (29 Sep); ch18 cont. (4 Oct); ch19 (6 Oct) final.
—–. Song of the Night (1935, novella serialised in The Australasian): ch1 (18 May); ch1 cont., ch2, ch3, ch4, ch5, (25 May); ch6 and ch6 cont. (1 Jun) ch6 cont., ch7 and ch8 (8 Jun); ch9 cont.; ch10 and ch11 (15 Jun); ch12 (22 Jun); (29 Jun); ch16 (6 Jul); ch19 cont. (13 Jul); (20 Jul); ch27 (27 Jul) final.
—–. The Vanishing Adventurer (1930-31, novella; serialised in The Argus): ch1 (9 Sep); ch1 cont. (11 Sep); ch1 cont. (16 Sep); ch3 (18 Sep); ch4 cont. (23 Dep); ch5 cont. (25 Sep); ch5 cont. (30 Sep); ch6 cont. (2 Oct); ch7 (7 Oct); ch7 cont. (9 Oct); ch8 cont. (14 Oct); ch9 cont. (16 Oct); ch10 (21 Oct); ch10 cont. (23 Oct); ch11 cont. (28 Oct); ch11 cont. (30 Oct); ch12 cont. (4 Nov); ch13 cont. (6 Nov); ch14 cont. (11 Nov); ch15 cont. (13 Nov); ch15 cont. (18 Nov); ch16 cont.(20 Nov); ch16 cont. (25 Nov); ch17 cont. (27 Nov); ch18 cont. (2 Dec); ch19 cont. (4 Dec); ch20 (9 Dec); ch20 cont. (11 Dec); ch21 (16 Dec); ch22 (18 Dec); ch22 cont. (23 Dec); ch24 (27 Dec); ch24 cont. (30 Dec); ch25 cont. (1 Jan 1931) final.
—–. World’s End (1931-32, novella serialised in The Argus): ch1 (31 Oct); (7 Nov); (14 Nov); (21 Nov); (28 Nov); (5 Dec); ch7 cont. and ch8 (12 Dec); (19 Dec); (26 Dec); ch11 cont. (2 Jan); (9 Jan); ch13 cont. (16 Jan); ch14 cont. (23 Jan); ch15 cont. (30 Jan); ch16 cont. (6 Feb); ch17 cont. (13 Feb); ch18 cont. (20 Feb); ch19 cont. (27 Feb); ch20 cont. (5 Mar); ch21 (12 Mar); ch22 (19 Mar); ch24 (26 Mar); ch25 cont. (2 Apr); ch27 cont. (9 Apr); ch29 (16 Apr) final.

Powell, Elizabeth (birth name Effie Williams; aka Mrs Alfred Parsons etc).
—–. The Father’s Have Eaten, published 4 February 1939 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on Trove.
—–. In the Path of Thunder, published 8 October 1938 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on Trove.

Pelloe, Emily H b. 1877; d. 1941
—–. West Australian Orchids (1930) – link to Project Gutenberg

Prichard, Katharine Susannah b. 1883; d. 1969
—–. “The Aborigine in Australian Literature“, British Annual of Literature, vol. 2 no. 1939: 49-53.
—–. Haxby’s Circus (1930, novel) – link to archive.org; access conditions apply
—–. Intimate Strangers (1937; may be available via your local library as an ebook; details untapped.org.au)

Ramsay, Isolde b. 1898, Dubbo NSW; d. 1946, Parramatta, NSW. Birth name: Isolde Brunhilde Warfel. Obituary (13 Jun 1946)
—–. [Australia Speaks (1939, poetry) – print copy available at SLNSW; reviewed in The Sydney Morning Herald, White Man, Beware!(12 Apr 1941: 6), includes a commentary: “The author of this poem,” Mr Joseph Hamlet informs us in a foreword, “has exhibited an heroic struggle for principle and truth; she stands almost alone… in defence of the Australian aborigine.” Also a quotation from the poem]
—–. “Companioned” (1939, poem)
—–. “The Daisy” (1933, poem for children)
—–. “Solace” (1938, poem)
—–. “The Young Dove” (1938, poem)

Ransom, Eva, birth name Eva Peck; b. 1857 Vic; d. 1940 Tas
—–. “Remembrance Day” (1933, poem)

Richardson, Henry Handel* (1870-1946), The Young Cosima (1939)

Roughley, Edna.** Footsteps, published 13 April 1935 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on Trove.
—–. Isn’t Life Queer?, published 24 November 1934 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel and available on Trove.

Simpson, Helen (1897-1940), Boomerang, William Heinemann, London, 1932, 506 pp.
—–. The woman on the beast: viewed from three angles, William Heinemann, London, 1933, 492 pp.
—–. Under Capricorn, William Heinemann, London, 1937, 305 pp.

Suttor, Catherine. aka Mrs Allan Suttor, Mrs Alan Suttor; birth name: Catherine M J Bowerman; b circa 1856; died circa 1950; married Allan Albert Suttor in 1879.
—–. “The Span” (1931, poem)

Thompson, Florence aka Fairelie Thornton b. 1860; d. 1950 Chatswood NSW
—–. Leaves From My Diary: Life’s Experiences (1932, biography)

Tomholt, Alice C. b. 1887; d. 1949.
—–. “The Builders” (first published 1910, revised 1931; short story)
—–. “The Sequal” (1930, short story)

Turner, Lilian,** aka Regan, Talking Oak, Mrs F. Lindsay Thompson; b.1867 Eng; d. 1956 Turramurra NSW
—–. “A Last Rose of Summer” (1931, short story)

Urquart, Jessie. b. 1890, NSW; d. 1948, London.
—–. “A Week In the Snow” (1933, short story romance)
—–. “In Alphabetical Order” (1933, short story romance)
—–. “The Miss” (1936, short story)
—–. “Two’s Company” (1933, short story)

Walker, Netta aka Netta Waller, Henrietta Walker; b. 1868, Windsor, NSW; [died? possibly 1942]; birth name: Henrietta Ann Walker; married George A Waller in 1915.
—–. [“Yesterday and the Day Before”, writing as “Henrietta Walker” in The Centenary Gift Book eds. Frances Fraser and Nettie Palmer: Melbourne, Robertson & Mullens for the Women’s Centenary Council, 1934); hard copy available at SLNSW; ref]

Weatherly, Francia b. 1882; d. 1964.
—–. “Caged Birds” (1932, poem)
—–. “Cynicism” (1933, short story)
—–. “Old Gold” (1933, short story)
—–. “Brown Veins” (1933, short story)
—–. “The Secret Place” (1933, short story)
—–. “The Scar” (1933, short story)
—–. “An Afternoon in Society” (1934, short story)
—–. “The Swagman” (1935, short story)
—–. “Quiet, Sleep and Rest!” (1935, short story)

Weatherly, Marjorie. Birth name: Mary Ann Marjorie Weatherly; aka Marjorie Carter; Marjory Carter, Mrs M. Carter, Mrs Carter. b. 1884 Ranxholme, Vic; d. 1967 Rupanyup, Vic.
—–. “Empty, Swept and Garnished” (1935, short story)

Whiting, Mary Bradford (1864-1835). Few bibliographical details for this author have been found. Her book A Daughter of the Empire is cited among notes for a Monash University exhibition on Australian Women Writers. Other 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. A fragment of information on Josee. Chapter 1 of Sir Tristram, which was also serialised, contains a portrait of a female writer in her study. She also published numerous short stories for children in “The Girls Own Paper“).
—–. The Spellbinder introduced here; principal characters listed here; serialised in contemporary newspapers from 1932 on; available via Trove: Ch1, Ch2, Ch3, Ch4, Ch5, Ch6, Ch7, Ch8, Ch9, Ch10, Ch11, Ch12, Ch13, Ch14; Ch15, 16 &17; Ch17; cont. Ch17 & start Ch18; Ch18, 19 & 20; Ch20v; Ch21 & 22; Ch23; cont. Ch23 & Ch24; ; Ch25 & part Ch26; Ch26 (cont.) & Ch27; Ch27 and part of Ch28; continuation of Ch28; Ch29 & Ch30 (conclusion). (A number of journals/newspapers have been sourced for the above chapters as the quality of scans varies; this results in some overlapping of the story.)

Wildman, Ina M b. 1867; d. 1898 obituary (16 Nov 1896)
—–. “By the River” (1930, poem)
—–. “Imo Pectore” (1930, poem)
—–. “Life” (1930, poem)
—–. “Mistaken” (1930, poem)
—–. “The Red Handerchief” (1930, short story)

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Texts by Australian women published in 1940s >

* Links to the Australian Dictionary of Biography online
** Biographical and bibliographical information on the following authors can be obtained by subscription from AustLit:
Birkett, Winifred.
Bridges, Hilda.
Chadwick, Dorothy.
Drake-Brockman, Henrietta.
Ercole, Velia. (aka Margaret Gregory)
Grimshaw, Beatrice.
Heney, L.A.B.
Morris, Myra.
Roughley, Edna.

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