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Australian Books of the Year  1788-1950





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1788   Non-Fiction   George B. Worgan   Journal of a First Fleet Surgeon
1789   Non-Fiction   Watkin Tench   A Narrative of the Expedition to Botany Bay
1790   Non-Fiction   John White   Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales
1793   Non-Fiction   Watkin Tench   A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson
1794   Non-Fiction   Thomas Watling   Letters From an Exile at Botany Bay
1798   Non-Fiction   David Collins   An Account of the English Colony in NSW
1802  Non-Fiction   George Howe   New South Wales General Standing Orders: Selected From the General Orders Issued by Former Governors
1803   Non-Fiction   David Collins   An Account of the English Colony in NSW: Volume 2
1810   Poetry   Michael Massey Robinson   Royal Birthday Ode
    Non-Fiction   Robert Brown   Prodromus Florae New Hollandiae et Insulae Van-Diemen
1813   Non-Fiction   John William Lewin   Birds of New Holland with their Natural History
1818   Non-Fiction   Thomas Wells   Michael Howe: The Last and Worst of the Bushrangers of Van Diemen's Land
1819   Poetry   Barron Field   First Fruits of Australian Poetry
    Non-Fiction   James Hardy Vaux   Vocabulary of the Flash Language; Memoirs
1823   Poetry   William Charles Wentworth   Australasia: A Poem
    Non-Fiction   Gregory Blaxland   A Journal of a Tour of Discovery Across the Blue Mountains in New South Wales
1825   Non-Fiction   Joseph Lycett   Views in Australia
1826   Poetry   Charles Tompson   Wild Notes from the Lyre of a Native Minstrel
1829   Stories   Henry Savery ?   The Hermit of Van Diemen's Land: From the Colonial Times
1830   Novel   Henry Savery   Quintus Servinton - Volume 1
1832   Novel   Mary Leman Grimstone   Woman's Love
1833   Non-Fiction   Charles Sturt   Two Expeditions into the Interior of Southern Australia During the Years 1828, 1829, 1830 and 1831
1837   Non-Fiction   James Mudie   The Felonry of New South Wales
1838   Novel   Anna Maria Bunn   The Guardian
    Non-Fiction   James Martin   Australian Sketch Book
1840   Poetry   Fidelia S.T. Hill   Poems and Recollections of the Past
    Non-Fiction   George Arden   Latest Information with Regard to Australia Felix
1841   Childrens   Lady Gordon Bremer   A Mother's Offering to her Children
    Non-Fiction   John Gould   Birds of Australia - Volume 1
1842   Poetry   Louisa Anne Meredith   The Parterre, or Beauties of Flora
1843   Novel   Charles Rowcroft   Tales of the Colonies, or The Adventures of an Emigrant
1844   Non-Fiction   Louisa Anne Meredith   Notes and Sketches of New South Wales
1845   Novel   Giacomo di Rosenberg [James Tucker]   Adventures of Ralph Rashleigh: A Penal Exile in Australia, 1825-44
    Poetry   Charles Harpur   Thoughts: A Series of Sonnets
    Non-Fiction   Edward John Eyre   Journals of Expeditions of Discovery into Central Australia and Overland From Adelaide to King George's Sound...1840-1
1846   Novel   Charles Rowcroft   The Bushranger of Van Diemen's Land
    Non-Fiction   John Stokes   Discoveries in Australia
1847   Novel   Alexander Harris   Settlers and Convicts, or Recollections of Sixteen Years' Labour in the Australian Backwoods by an Emigrant Mechanic
1849   Novel   Alexander Harris   The Emigrant Family, or The Story of an Australian Settler
1850   -   -   -
1851   -   -   -
1852   Non-Fiction   John West   The History of Tasmania
1853   Novel   John Lang   The Wetherbys, or Chapters of Indian Experience; Too Clever by Half, or The Harroways
1854   Novel   Catherine Helen Spence   Clara Morison: A Tale of South Australia During the Gold Fever
    Poetry   Richard H. Horne   Orion: An Epic Poem
1855   Novel (tie)   John Lang   The Forger's Wife, or Emily Orford
    Novel (tie)   Raffaello Carboni   The Eureka Stockade: The Consequences of Some Pirates wanting on Quarter-Deck a Rebellion
1856   -   -   -
1857   Novel   Caroline Atkinson  Gertrude the Emigrant: A Tale of Colonial Life, by an Australian Lady
1858   Non-Fiction   William Howitt   Land, Labour and Gold in Victoria
1859   Novel   Henry Kingsley   The Recollections of Geoffry Hamlyn
    Non-Fiction   James George Beaney   Original Contributions to the Practice of Conservative Surgery
1860  Poetry/Childrens   Louisa Anne Meredith   Some of My Bush Friends in Tasmania
1861   -   -   -
1862   Poetry   Charles Harpur   A Poet's Home
    Non-Fiction   Roderick Flanagan   History of New South Wales...and Other Australian Settlements
    Childrens   W.A. Cawthorne   Who Killed Cockatoo?
1863   -   -   -
1864   Non-Fiction   William Walker   Australian Literature: A Lecture Delivered at the Windsor School of Arts, July 20, 1864
1865   Novel   Catherine Helen Spence   Mr Hogarth's Will
    Non-Fiction   John Gould   Handbook of the Birds of Australia
1866   Novel   Bernard L. Farjeon   Grif: A Story of Colonial Life
    Non-Fiction   George B. Barton   Literature in New South Wales
1867   Poetry   Adam Lindsay Gordon   Sea Spray and Smoke Drift
    Non-Fiction   Samuel Bennett   The History of Australian Discovery and Colonization
1868   Novel   Catherine Helen Spence   The Author's Daughter
1869   Novel   Marcus Clarke   Long Odds
    Poetry   Henry Kendall   Leaves From Australian Forests
1870   Poetry   Adam Lindsay Gordon   Bush Ballads and Galloping Rhymes
    Childrens   Francis H. Grundy   The Demon McGuire
1871   Novel   Marcus Clarke   Old Tales of a Young Country
    Stories   Mrs Fortune ('W.W.')   The Detective's Album: Recollections of an Australian Police Officer
    Poetry   James Brunton Stephens   Convict Once: A Poem
    Childrens   Cyrus Mason   The Australian Christmas Story Book
1872   -   -   -
1873   -   -   -
1874   Novel   Marcus Clarke   His Natural Life [For the Term of His Natural Life]
1875   Poetry   Ada Cambridge   The Manor House and Other Poems
1876   Childrens   E.W. Cole   Cole's Funny Picture Book (No. 1)
1877   Novel   Marcus Clarke   Four Stories High
1878   Childrens   Louisa Anne Meredith   Grandmamma's Verse Book for Young Australia
1879   Non-Fiction   Richard Birnie   Essays: Social, Moral, and Political
1880   Novel   Louisa Anne Meredith   Tasmanian Friends and Foes, Feathered, Furred and Finned: A Family Chronicle of Country Life
    Poetry   Henry Kendall   Songs From the Mountains
    Non-Fiction   Alexander Forrest   Journal of an Expedition from De Grey to Port Darwin
1881   Novel   Mrs Campbell Praed   Policy and Passion: A Novel of Australian Life [Longleat of Kooralbyn]
1882   -   -   -
1883   -   -   -
1884   -   -   -
1885   Non-Fiction   Harry Emmet   Our Own Authors and Their Productions
    Poetry   Mary Hannay Foote   Where the Pelican Builds and Other Poems
1886   Novel   Fergus Hume   The Mystery of a Hansom Cab: A Story of Melbourne Social Life
    Childrens   B. L. Farjeon   The Golden Land, or Links from Shore to Shore
    Non-Fiction   Edward Curr   The Australian Race: Its Origins, Languages, Customs
1887   Poetry   John Farrell   How He Died and Other Poems
1888   Novel   Rolf Boldrewood   Robbery Under Arms: A Story of Life and Adventure in the Bush and in the Goldfields of Australia
    Childrens   Gordon Stables   From Squire to Squatter
    Non-Fiction   Oceanic Publishing Co.   The History of Capital and Labour in All Lands and Ages
1889   Novel   Tasma (Jessie Couvreur)   Uncle Piper of Piper's Hill: An Australian Novel
    Childrens   Mary Anne Fitzgerald   Australian Furs and Feathers
    Non-Fiction   Ernest Giles   Australia Twice Traversed, the Romance of Exploration: Being a Narrative Compiled from the Journals of Five
  Exploring Expeditions into and through Central South Australia and Western Australia, from 1872 to 1876
1890     Novel   Ada Cambridge   A Marked Man: Some Episodes in His Life
    Stories   Tasma (Jessie Couvreur)   A Sydney Sovereign and Other Tales
    Childrens   E. Davenport   The White Kangaroo: A Tale of Colonial Life Founded by Fact
1891   Novel   Ada Cambridge   The Three Miss Kings
    Stories   Mrs Patchett Martin (Hariet)(ed.)   Coo-ee: Tales of Australian Life by Australian Ladies
    Non-Fiction   Edward Kinglake   The Australian at Home
    Poetry/Childrens   Louisa Anne Meredith   Bush Friends in Tasmania: Last Series
1892   Novel   Price Warung   Tales of the Convict System
    Childrens   George Manville Fenn   The Dingo Boys: Or, The Squatters of Wallaby Range
1893   Non-Fiction   F.W.L. Adams   The Australians
1894   Novel   Louis Becke   By Reef and Palm
    Poetry/Stories   Henry Lawson   Short Stories in Prose and Verse
    Childrens   Ethel Turner   Seven Little Australians
1895   Novel   Ernest Favenc   The Secret of the Australian Desert
    Poetry   A.B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson   The Man From Snowy River and Other Verses
    Childrens   Ethel Turner   The Family at Misrule
1896   Novel   Ernest Favenc   Marooned on Australia
    Stories   Henry Lawson   While the Billy Boils
    Poetry   Henry Lawson   In the Days When the World Was Wide and other Verses
    Childrens   Ethel Turner   The Little Larrikin


1897   Poetry   Barcroft Boake   Where the Dead Men Lie, and Other Poems
    Childrens   Louise Mack   Teens: A Story of Australian Schoolgirls
1898   Stories   Edward Dyson   Below and On Top
    Poetry   Victor Daley   At Dawn and Dusk
    Childrens   Louise Mack   Girls Together
    Non-Fiction   David W. Carnegie   Spinifex and Sand: A Narrative of Five Years' Pioneering and Exploration in Western Australia


  Novel   Steele Rudd   On Our Selection
    Poetry   E.J. Brady   The Ways of Many Waters
    Childrens   Ethel Pedley   Dot and the Kangaroo
    Non-Fiction   Walter Baldwin Spencer & Francis Gillen   The Native Tribes of Central Australia
1900   Stories   Henry Lawson   On the Track and Over the Sliprails


  Poetry   Henry Lawson   Verses Popular and Humorous
    Childrens   Ernest Favenc   Tales for Young Australia
1901   Novel   Miles Franklin   My Brilliant Career
    Stories   Henry Lawson   Joe Wilson and His Mates
    Poetry   Matilda Ann Aston   Maiden Verses
1902   Stories   Barbara Baynton   Bush Studies


  Poetry/Stories   Henry Lawson   Children of the Bush
    Childrens   Ethel Turner   Little Mother Meg
1903   Novel   Tom Collins (Joseph Furphy)   Such is Life
    Poetry   Will H. Ogilvie   Hearts of Gold and Other Verses


1904   Non-Fiction   Walter Baldwin Spencer & Francis Gillen   The Northern Tribes of Central Australia


1905   Poetry   Henry Lawson   When I Was King and Other Verses


  Childrens   Jeannie Gunn   The Little Black Princess: A True Story of Life in the Never-Never Land
1906   Novel   A.B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson   An Outback Marriage
    Poetry   Thomas Edward Spencer   How McDougall Topped the Score and Other Verses and Sketches
1907   Childrens   Tarella Quin & Ida Rentoul Outhwaite   Gum Tree Brownie
1908   Novel   Mrs Aeneas Gunn (Jeannie)   We of the Never Never
    Non-Fiction   E. J. Banfield   The Confessions of a Beachcomber
1909   Novel   Steele Rudd   From Selection to City
    Poetry   Hugh McCrae   Satyrs and Sunlight: Silvarum Libri
1910   Novel   Henry Handel Richardson   The Getting of Wisdom
    Poetry   Mary Gilmore   Marri’d and Other Verses
    Childrens   Mary Grant Bruce   A Little Bush Maid
    Non-Fiction   C.E.W. Bean   On the Wool Track
1911   Novel   Louis Stone   Jonah
    Stories   Henry Lawson   Mateship: A Discursive Yarn
    Poetry   Dorothea Mackellar   The Closed Door and Other Verses
    Childrens   Mary Grant Bruce   Mates at Billabong
1912   Non-Fiction  Walter Baldwin Spencer
  & Francis Gillen
  Across Australia
1913   Novel   Norman Lindsay   A Curate in Bohemia
    Poetry   C.J. Dennis   Backblock Ballads and Other Verses
    Childrens   Mary Grant Bruce   Norah of Billabong
1914   Poetry   Christopher J. Brennan   Poems 1913
    Childrens   Mary Grant Bruce   From Billabong to London
    Non-Fiction   Walter Baldwin Spencer
  & Francis Gillen
  The Native Tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia
1915   Novel   Katherine Susannah Prichard   The Pioneers
    Stories   Vance Palmer   The World of Men
    Poetry   C.J. Dennis   The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke
    Non-Fiction   Douglas Mawson   The Home of the Blizzard
1916   Novel   Steele Rudd   Grandpa’s Selection
    Poetry   C.J. Dennis   The Moods of Ginger Mick
    Childrens   Annie R. Rentoul & Ida R. Outhwaithe   Elves and Fairies
    Non-Fiction   Frederick McCubbin
  & James MacDonald
  The Art of Frederick McCubbin
1917   Novel   Henry Handel Richardson   The Fortunes of Richard Mahony (Australia Felix I)
    Poetry   A.B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson   Saltbush Bill, J.P., and Other Verses
1918   Poetry   C.J. Dennis   Digger Smith
    Childrens (tie)   May Gibbs   Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie: Their Adventures Wonderful
    Childrens (tie)   Norman Lindsay   The Magic Pudding: Being the Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum, and His Friends Bill Barnacle & Sam Sawnoff
    Non-Fiction   Timothy Augustine Coghlan   Labor and Industry in Australia 1788-1901
1919   Novel   William Hay   The Escape of the Notorious Sir William Heans: And the Mystery of Mr Daunt
    Poetry   John Shaw Neilson   Heart of Spring
1920   Poetry   Furnley Maurice   Ways and Means: A Poem and an Argument
    Childrens   May Gibbs   Little Ragged Blossom and More About Snugglepot and Cuddlepie
    Non-Fiction   Meredith Atkinson   Australian Economic and Political Studies
1921   Novel   Katherine Susannah Prichard   Black Opal
    Poetry   John O’Brien   Around the Boree Log and Other Verses
    Childrens   C.J. Dennis   A Book for Kids
    Non-Fiction   C.E.W. Bean   The Story of ANZAC: The Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918 - Volume 1
1922   Childrens   Ida Rentoul Outhwaite   The Little Green Road to Fairyland
1923   Novel   D.H. Lawrence   Kangaroo
    Poetry/Stories   John Moses (Jack Moses)   Beyond the City Gates: Australian Story and Verse
1924   Poetry   Kenneth Slessor   Thief of the Moon
1925   Novel   Chester Cobb   Mr Moffatt
    Childrens   Pixie O'Harris   The Pixie O'Harris Fairy Book
1926   Novel   Jack McLaren   My Crowded Solitude
    Poetry   Kenneth Slessor   Earth Visitors
    Childrens   Ida Rentoul Outhwaite   Fairyland
1927   Novel   Ion Idriess   Madman's Island
    Poetry   Robert D. Fitzgerald   The Greater Apollo
    Non-Fiction   (Walter) Baldwin Spencer   The Arunta: A Story of a Stone Age People
1928   Novel   Martin Boyd   The Montforts

 (Walter) Baldwin Spencer

  Wanderings in Wild Australia
1929   Novel (tie)   M. Barnard Eldershaw   A House is Built
    Novel (tie)   Katherine Susannah Prichard   Coonardoo
1930   Novel (tie)   Vance Palmer   The Passage
    Novel (tie)   Lennie Lower   Here's Luck
    Non-Fiction   W. K. Hancock   Australia
1931   Novel   Frank Dalby Davison   Man-Shy: A Story of Men and Cattle
    Non-Fiction   Ion Idriess   Lasseter's Last Ride: An Epic of Central Australian Gold Discovery
1932   Novel (tie)   Leonard Mann   Flesh in Armour
    Novel (tie)   Myrtle Rose White   No Roads Go By
    Poetry   Kenneth Slessor   Cuckooz Country
    Non-Fiction   Ion Idriess   Flynn of the Inland
1933   Novel   Eleanor Dark   Prelude to Christopher
    Childrens   Dorothy Wall   Blinky Bill: The Quaint Little Australian
    Non-Fiction   Frank Clune   Try Anything Once: The Autobiography of a Wanderer
1934   Novel   Brian Penton   Landtakers
    Poetry   Furnley Maurice   Melbourne Odes
    Childrens   Pamela Travers   Mary Poppins
1935   Novel   Eleanor Dark   Return to Coolami
    Childrens   Pixie O'Harris   Pearl Pinkie and Sea Greenie
1936   Novel   Miles Franklin   All That Swagger
    Childrens   Frank Dalby Davison   Children of the Dark
    Non-Fiction   P.R, Stephensen   The Foundations of Culture in Australia
1937   Novel   Seaforth Mackenzie (Kenneth)   The Young Desire It
    Childrens   Dorothy Wall   Blinky Bill and Nutsy: Two Little Australians
1938   Novel   Xavier Herbert   Capricornia
    Poetry   Robert D. Fitzgerald   Moonlight Acre
    Childrens   Gladys Lister   The Little Round Garden
    Non-Fiction (tie)   H.V. Evatt   Rum Rebellion
    Non-Fiction (tie)   Francis Ratcliffe   Flying Fox and Drifting Sand
1939   Novel   Patrick White   Happy Valley
    Poetry   Kenneth Slessor   Five Bells: XX Poems
    Childrens   Gladys Lister   The Little Round House
1940   Novel   Christina Stead   The Man Who Loved Children
    Poetry   Matilda Ann Aston   The Inner Garden
    Childrens   Pixie O'Harris   The Pixie O'Harris Story Book
1941   Novel (tie)   Kylie Tennant   The Battlers
    Novel (tie)   Eleanor Dark   The Timeless Land
    Childrens   Pixie O'Harris   The Fortunes of Poppy Treloar
    Non-Fiction   J.A. Ferguson   Bibliography of Australia
1942   Novel   Eve Langley   The Pea-Pickers
    Childrens   Leslie Rees   Digit Dick on the Barrier Reef
1943   Novel   Marjorie Barnard   The Persimmon Tree
    Poetry   Douglas Stewart   Ned Kelly
1944   Novel   Lawson Glassop   We Were the Rats
    Poetry   Kenneth Slessor   One Hundred Poems: 1919-1939
    Childrens   Peg Maltby   Peg's Fairy Book
1945   Novel   Morris West   Moon in my Pocket
    Non-Fiction   John Sidney Baker   Dictionary of Australian Slang
1946   Novel (tie)   Herz Bergner   Between Sky and Sea
    Novel (tie)   Martin Boyd   Lucinda Brayford
    Poetry   Judith Wright   The Moving Image
    Childrens   Leslie Rees   The Story of Karrawingi the Emu
1947   Novel   M. Barnard Eldershaw   Tomorrow and Tomorrow
1948   Novel   Ruth Park   The Harp in the South
    Poetry   Mary Gilmore   Selected Verse
    Childrens   Frank Hurley   Shackleton's Argonauts: A Saga of the Antarctic Icepacks
1949   Novel   Ruth Park   Poor Man's Orange
    Poetry   Judith Wright   Woman to Man
1950   Novel (tie)   Frank Hardy   Power Without Glory
    Novel (tie)   Jon Cleary   Just Let Me Be
    Childrens   Ivan Southall   Meet Simon Black