1940s

The following list provides links to texts by Australian women writers published in the 1940s which are available for download or to be read online, and now includes some only available in print. Links are to TROVE unless otherwise stated.
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< Texts by Australian women published in 1930s

Aston, Matilda Ann aka  Aston, Tilly (1873-1947).
—–. Memoirs of Tilly Aston, Australia’s Blind Poet Author and Philanthropist (1946) – link to archive.org

Barnard, Marjorie b. 1897; d. 1987. Part of writing team “M Barnard Eldershaw – see separate entry)
—–. “The Persimmon Tree” (1942, short story)

Birkett, Winifred.**
—–. Earth’s Quality, published 4 May 1940 as an Australian Women’s Weekly novel.

Boake, Capel aka Doris Boake Kerr b. 29 Aug 1899; d. 5 Jun 1944.
—–. The Twig is Bent (1946; review by “A.L.B.” 1946): 1 Dec (ch1); (cont. p59); (cont. p60); 8 Dec; 15 Dec; 22 Dec (no title, but according to Index for that issue); 29 Dec; 5 Jan; 12 Jan; 19 Jan; 26 Jan; 2 Feb; 9 Feb; 16 Feb; 23 Feb; 2 Mar; 9 Mar; 16 Mar (final).

Carey, Anna (1904?-?). A member of the Sunday Times staff in 1925. Biographical note: 1 Feb 1926; biographical note: 6 Mar 1926; biographical note 1941.

A well-known Australian journalist, Miss Anna Carey (Mrs. Barry) arrived in Grafton on Saturday to join the staff of teh “Daily Examiner.” Miss Carey has had extensive journalistic experience abroad in Malaya, China, in the Middle East and in London and is also a novelist and writer of short stories. She has also travelled widely in Australia, New Zealand and Java. During the past eighteen months she has been under contract to the Currawong Press of Sydney and her light romantic novels, written under the name of Nora Barry, have had Australian-wide sales. She has also published with the New Century Press of Sydney and her latest novel for that Press is in process of publication. Daily Examiner, 1 Dec 1941.

—–. [Love In Malaya (194?) by “Nora Barry”, novella romance; hard copy available at NLA.]
—–. [Love’s Miracle (1945) by “Nora Barry”, novella romance; hard copy available at NLA.]
—-. [New Love for Old (1949) by “Nora Barry”, novella romance; hard copy available at NLA.]

Clift, Charmaine and George Johnstone.
—–. and George Johnstone. High Valley (1949; may be available via your local library as an ebook; details untapped.org.au)

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]
—–. “Fidelity” (1940)

Deamer, Dulcie* aka Mary Elizabeth Kathleen Dulcie Deamer, Dulcie Goldie. b.1890; d.1972.
—–. “The 1949 Glamorsex” (1949, short prose)
—–. “Goldfish-Bowl Future” (1948, short prose)
—–. “He Laughed At the Death-Bone“, (1949) Famous Detective Stories 2: 73-80.
—–. “Ladylike Ladies – Nineteen – What?” (1945, short prose)
—–. “Miss in Mufti” (1945, short prose)
—–. “The Sacrifice of the Death-Bowl“, (1949) Famous Detective Stories, Series 3: 79-88.

Doyle, Ruby Mary; aka Ruby Doyle, Ruby M Doyle b. 1887; d. c1943
—–. “Death Is Not the Ending” (1940, poem)
—-. “Walton-on-Thames” (1941, prose)

Drake-Brockman, Henrietta.* and ** “Look for the Blister”, short story (spy-thriller/romance/Japanese and German war story) Australian Women’s Weekly 26 Dec 1942 (pp 21, 21 and 27).

Drew, Dene; birth name: Christina Wilhelmina Kirkham; Mrs G W Kendrew of Bute, SA b. 1864 d. 1949
—–. “Anzac Poem” (1940, poem)
—–. “Australia” (1940, poem)
—–. Trevor’s Dilemma (1940, serialised in Australian Christian Commonwealth): 2 Feb; 9 Feb; 16 Feb; 23 Feb; 1 Mar; 8 Mar; 15 Mar; 22 Mar; 29 Mar; 5 Apr; 12 Apr; 19 Apr; 26 Apr; 3 May; 10 May; 17 May; 24 May; 31 May; 7 Jun; 14 Jun; 21 Jun; 28 Jun; (incomplete)

Eldershaw, M Barnard (writing name for Flora Eldershaw 191897-1956) and Marjorie Barnard (1897-1987)
—–. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow (1947; may be available via your local library as an ebook; details untapped.org.au); also available to borrow via Open Library (sign up for free membership)

Ercole, Velia.** aka Margaret Gregory
—–. “All Or Nothing” (1944, short story)
—–. “Banner for Youth“, (1941, short story), The Australian Women’s Weekly, 4 Oct 1941, also in Chatelaine, March 1941.
—–. [The Bright Safety, London: Hutchinson, 1946; novel available in print at SLNSW]
—–. “Hand In the Dark” (1943, short story)
—–. [Interference London: Hutchinson & Col. 1949; available in print SLNSW]
—–. “Luck” (1943, short story)
—–. “My Hand In Yours“, (1946, short story), Daily Advertiser, 29 Oct 1946. Also published as “Overture in the Fog,” Good Housekeeping, Nov 1944.
—–. “Overture in Moonlight“, (1940, short story), The Australian Women’s Mirror, 16/27 1940.
—–. “Some Girls Wear Mink,” (1946, short story), Daily Advertiser, 22 Oct 1946.
—–. “The Stranger“, (1948, short story), The Australian Women’s Weekly, 26 Jun 1948, also available via archive.org.
—–. [Summer Tempest, London: Hutchinson, 1947; novel available in print at SLNSW]
—–. “Woman Set Free,” (1945, short story), The Australian Women’s Weekly, 28 Dec 1946 (p 9, 30); also published in Chateleine, May 1945.

Finn, Mary Agnes b. c1860, Vic; d. Randwick, NSW 1948
—–. “Hermit’s Life” (1944, short story)
—–. “Irish Assignment” (1944, short story: Introduction: “An exposure of sordid conditions in Ireland was wanted, but the young reporter found an infinitely better story”)

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 Hop Ahead of Science” (1941, column, humour)
—–. “All Washed Up” (1941, column, humour)
—–. “And Sew On” (1941, column, humour)
—–. “Bedtime Story” (1941, column, humour)
—–. “Forewarned” (1941, column, humour)
—–. “Grammar Lesson” (1947, column)
—–. “Hops No Handicap” (1941, column, humour)
—–. “The Lying Truth” (1941, column, humour)
—–. “Make No Mistake” (1941, column, humour)
—–. “Midnight Memory” (1941, column, humour)
—–. “Nothing’s Special” (1941, column, humour)
—–. “Odd Corners” (1941, column, humour)
—–. “Order Department” (1941, column, humour)
—–. “Plea for Variety” (1941, column, humour)
—–. “Problems Solved” (1941, column, humour)
—–. “Suspicious Customer” (1941, column, humour)
—–. “Sweet Mystery of Love” (1941, column, humour)
—–. “Test For Wives” (1941, column, humour)
—–. “Try This” (1941, column, humour)
—–. “Vacation” (1941, column, humour)

Franklin, Miles b. 1879; d. 1954
—–. “Authors on Censorship” (1948, column)
—–. “Australian Writers Need Courage” (1945, column)
—–. My Career Goes Bung (1946; Angus & Robertson 1990 – link to archive.org: access conditions apply)
—–. “‘Twas Ever Thus” (1948, criticism)

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).
—–. “A Strange Relic: Pathetic Page from ‘Old Days, Old Ways’” (1942, prose)
—–. “No Foe Shall” (1942, poem)
—–. “The Sainted Onces” (1940, poem)
—–. “Women Writers” (Letter to the Editor, The ABC Weekly 23 June, 1945: 20)

Grimshaw, Beatrice. b. Antrim, Northern Ireland 1879; d. Kelso NSW 1953; arrived in Australia 1936.
—–. “Beyond the Last League” (1940, short fiction)
—–. “The Devil Pig” (1940, short ficiton)
—–. “Mud in Her Eye” vol 2 no. 40 (12 Oct 1940; short story)
—–. “Sands of Coral” (1940; short story)
—–. [The Woman in Black: Sydney: Admiral’s date?; print copy available at SLNSW]

Heney, Helen.
—–. [The Chinese Camellia: an novel (London: Collins, 1951; available in print at SLNSW]
—–. [Dark Moon (New York: Crowell, 1954; available in print at SLNSW]

Kelaher, Mary. Birth name Mary Ellen Cross. b. 1895, Moree, NSW; d. 1943, Sydney, NSW.
—–. Mystery House: A Romance of Wartime (1942, novella serialised in Australian Women’s Mirror): ch1 (12 May); ch3 cont. (19 May); ch4 cont. (26 May); ch6 cont. (2 Jun); ch8 cont. (9 Jun); ch10 cont. (23 Jun); ch12 cont. (30 Jun); ch13 cont. (7 Jul); ch14 cont. (14 July); ch15 (21 July); ch16 cont. (28 July); ch17 cont. (4 Aug); ch19 (11 Aug); ch20 cont. (18 Aug); ch21 cont. (25 Aug) final.

Kelman, Ethel b. 1882; d. 1947
—–. “This England” (1940, poem fragment)

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. [works out of copyright]
—–. Wattle Day For Club Charities (1941, poetry)

Law, Winifred.
—–. Rangers of the Universe (Sydney: New Century Press, 1945; children’s fiction, science fiction).
—–. [Through Space to the Planets (Sydney: New Century Press, 1944; children’s fiction, science fiction; hard copy available SLNSW; also online copy available via UQ, access conditions apply)]

Lister, Gladys.
—–. The House That Beckons (Sydney: New Century Press, 1940)

Macdonald, Henrietta b. 1859 Macleay River, NSW; d. 1949 Maitland NSW
—–. Forty-Nine Beautiful Australian Poems (Glebe: Henrietta Macdonald, 1945) – via SLVIC digital collections
—–. Rainbow Farm, or, Geoff the Soldier: an Australian story (Glebe: Henrietta Macdonal [1945] – via SLVIC digital collections (“THIS is the third (and worst) Australian book I have recently felt constrained to drop from a great height into my new Lease-Lejnd dust bin.” From a review in Daily Telegraph, 22 Jul 1944)
—–. Three Short Early Australian Stories (Glebe: Liberty Press, 1950)

Morris, Myra.
—–. “Room to Let“, a short story. The Australian Women’s Mirror, Vol25/no.11, 9 Feb 1949, p3.

‘Neville, Margot’** (pseudonym for sisters Margot Goyder b. 1896; d. 1975 and Ann Neville Goyder Joske b. 1887; d 1966 ). [Works in copyright until 2045.]
—–. The Cliffside Case (serialised), Australian Women’s Weekly, 25 Sep, 9 Oct, 16 Oct, 23 Oct, 30 Oct, 6 Nov, 13 Nov, 20 Nov, 27 Nov 1948 (final). (Oct 2 missing from TROVE?)
—–. “Compassionate Neutral”, short story, 19 May 1945, Australian Women’s Weekly.
—–. “Do Not Disturb“, short story, 17 Feb 1945, Australian Women’s Weekly.
—–. “Do You Remember“, short story, 18 Aug 1945, Australian Women’s Weekly.
—–. “Double or Quits“, short story, 7 Dec 1940, Australian Women’s Weekly.
—–. “Fragile With Care“, short story, 7 Feb 1948, Australian Women’s Weekly.
—–. “Fred’s Bomb“, short story, 30 Jan 1943, The World’s News (p 16).
—–. “The Gardenia Case,” Australian Women’s Weekly, available on TROVE in instalments: 2 Nov, 9 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov, 30 Nov, 7 Dec, 14 Dec, 21 Dec, 28 Dec 1946.
—–. “Home is the Soldier“, short story, 21 Sep 1946, Australian Women’s Weekly.
—–. “It Had to be You,” short story, 2 Jul 1949, Australian Women’s Weekly.
—-. “It’s a Wise Father”, short story, 10 Apr 1943, The World’s News (p 12).
—–. [Lena Hates Men (1943, New York, Myster House; available in print SLNSW)]
—–. “Love Is Enough”, short story, 14 Jun 1947, Australian Women’s Weekly.
—–. “Meeting At Night,” short story, 1 Mar 1947, Australian Women’s Weekly.
—–. “Mr. Thatcher’s War” (1943, short story)
—–. “Paradise for Two“, short story, 20 Sep 1947, Australian Women’s Weekly.
—–. “Price for Perfection“, short story, 22 Nov 1947, Australian Women’s Weekly.
—–. “The Professor’s Hammock“, short story, 17 Mar 1943, Weekly Times.
—–. “Rendezvous with Death”, (serialised novel): 17 Nov, 24 Nov, 1 Dec, 8 Dec, 1945, Australian Women’s Weekly.
—–. “The Scent of Honeysuckle“, short story, 27 Jul 1946, Australian Women’s Weekly.
—–. “The Soldier and the Boy”, short story, 1 May 1943, Australian Women’s Weekly.
—–. “Spring Meeting“, short story, 23 Feb 1946, Australian Women’s Weekly.
—–. “Time Stood Still”, short story, 15 Jul 1944, Australian Women’s Weekly.
—–. “Truth Takes a Holiday“, short story, 20 Sep 1941, Australian Women’s Weekly.
—–. “Unsolicited Gift”, short story, 13 Aug 1949, Australian Women’s Weekly.
—–. “The White Satin Gown“, short story, 16 May 1942, Australian Women’s Weekly.

Park, Ruth b. 24 Aug 1917, Auckland, NZ; d. 16 Dec 1910, Sydney NSW; arrived in Australia in 1942.
—–. “The Castle Where Nothing Would Grow” (1949; short story, children’s)
—–. “Early in the Morning” (1946, radio play)
—–. The Harp in the South (1947, serialised in The Sydney Morning Herald): ch1.
—–. “Home to Dixie” (1949, short story)
—–. “Occasional Scene” (1945, poem)
—–. Poor Man’s Orange, (1949, published in the Sydney Morning Herald): ch1.

Preston, Margaret b.1875; d. 1963
—–. “Aboriginal Art”, Art in Australia series 4, no. 2 (1941): 46-51.

Prichard, Katharine Susannah b. 1883; d. 1969
—–. Golden Miles (1948; novel, second in Goldfields Trilogy) – link to archive.org; access conditions apply
—–. The Roaring Nineties (1946; novel, first in Goldfields Trilogy) – link to archive.org; access conditions apply

Ramsay, Isolde b. 1898, Dubbo NSW; d. 1946, Parramatta, NSW.
—–. “Spring Morning” (1946; poem written at Thornleigh, NSW)
—–. “To An Old-Timer” (1846, poem)

Roland, Esther (Eena Marie Crowley)**
—–. “No Power Now”, short story (adventure/romance), Australian Women’s Weekly, 26 Dec 1942 (p 22, 23, 24 and 25).
—–. “Simple Simon”, short story (outback romance/post-war story), Australian Women’s Weekly, 1 Nov 1947 (pp 3, 4 and 10).

Sabine, Jo aka Freda Josephine Tindal b. 1899, Grafton NSW; d. 11 Dec 1978 NSW.
—–. The Pillow Pat Poems (Sydney: New Century Press, 1941)

Tenant, Kylie.
—–. Ride on Stranger (1943; may be available as an ebook via your local library; details on untapped.org.au)

Tomholt, Alice C. b. 1887; d. 1949.
—–. “Victory for Celia” (1946, short story)

Torrance, Joan aka Joan Kerr; Mrs Kerr; b. 1867; d. 1945 VIC
—–. The Shrine (no publication date given; 1900s-40s; poetry) – link to SLVIC digital collection

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.
—–. To My Sister (1948) – link to State Library of Victoria Digital Collection

Weigall-Chase, Sylvia and Cedric Weigall-Chase.
—–. Hookum’s Gang, or, The Story of Jimmie and His Elephant (Sydney: New Century Press, 1940; children’s fiction).

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Texts by Australian women published in 1950s >

* 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
Drake-Brockman, Henrietta
Ercole, Velia
‘Neville, Margot’
Roland, Esther (Eena Marie Crowley)