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Catherine Helen Spence: 1845-1874

A guide to Catherine Helen Spence featuring writings about her and a chronological bibliography of her works.

1845-1874

1845  
July 22 South Australian lyrics.—No I. South Australian, p. 4a. [Poem by D. G.—Spence stated in her Autobiography (pp. 20-2) that she wrote occasionally for the South Australian, and in 'The Art of Public Speaking. The Woman Speaker' (Register, 11 December 1909 p. 15ab) that she had published verses in the South Australian, including some in honour of Sir George Grey when he left South Australia. As D. G is the author of the only verses in the South Australian written about Governor Grey, I conclude that D. G. was Spence's pseudonym at the time. The poems are consistent with Spence's background and sentiments.]
September 23 South Australian lyrics.—No II.f South Australian, p. 4a. [Poem by D. G.]
September 30 South Australian lyrics.—No III. Address to poesy. South Australian, p. 1d. [Poem by D. G.]
October 24 Three cheers for Captain Grey. South Australian, p. 3d-e. [Poem by D. G.]
1846  
July 21 A fragment. South Australian, p. 4a. [Poem by D. G.]
1851  
  [In her Autobiography (p. 21) Spence mentioned that she wrote articles in the South Australian in favour of State Aid to religion after the editor, her brother-in-law Andrew Murray, left the paper towards the end of 1851. There are a number of articles on the subject and many of them sound like Spence but there is insufficient evidence to ascribe any particular article to her.]
1854  
  Clara Morison: a tale of South Australia during the gold fever. London, John. W. Parker & Son. 1854. 2 vols., 9s. A novel. Acknowledged in Autobiography, p. 22.[Listed June 24 1854 in Athenaeum New Books list, p. 780.][Reviewed 15 July 1854 in Athenaeum , p. 879.][Reviewed 1856 in Journal of Australasia, vol.1, pp. 199-204, by F. Sinnett.]
1856  
  Tender and true : a colonial tale. By the author of "Clara Morison". London, Smith, Elder and Co. 1856. 2 vols. 21s. A novel. [Reviewed 18 October 1856 in Athenaeum, p. 1272c, 1273a.] [Reviewed 7 January 1857 in Register, p. 2h. Reprinted from Spectator.] [Reviewed 13 January 1857 in Register, p. 3g. Reprinted from Athenaeum.] [Reviewed 5 September 1857 in Observer, p. 5c-f].
December 30 Education. Register, p. 3c-d. [Letter by C. H. S.]
1857  
January 3 Education. Observer, p. 7b. [Letter by C. H. S.]
January 7 Education. Register, p. 2g-h. [Letter by C. H. S.]
January 10 Education. Observer Supplement, p. 4d-f. [Letter by C. H. S.]
December 18 The alleged inefficiency of the modern pulpit. Argus, p. 6d-f. [Letter by C. H. S. Religion.]
1858  
January 25 The alleged inefficiency of the modern pulpit. Register, p. 3e-g. [Letter by C. H. S. reprinted from the Argus, 18 December 1857. Religion.]
1861  
  A plea for pure democracy: Mr. Hare's reform bill applied to South Australia. Adelaide, W. C. Rigby; and George Robertson, Melbourne. 1861. 24 pp. (Introduction dated September 1861.) [Pamphlet by C. H. S.] [Reviewed and discussed in leaders in Register, 21 October 1861, p. 2f-g, and 2 November 1861, p. 2g-h.] [Reviewed and discussed in leader in Bell's Life in Adelaide, 7 December 1861, p. 2b-d.]
July 19 Representation of minorities. Register, p. 2g-h. [Letter by C H. S.]
July 30 Representation of minorities. Register, p. 2g-h. [Letter by C. H. S.]
August 27 Representation of minorities. Register, p. 3b. [Letter by C. H. S.]
August 31 Representation of minorities. Register, p. 3a. [Letter by C. H. S.]
August 31 Representation of minorities. Observer, p. 5f. [Letter by C. H. S.]
September 3 Representation of minorities. Register, p. 3f. [Letter by S.]
September 9 Representation of minorities. Register, p. 3d-e. [Letter by C. H. S.]
November 8 A plea for pure democracy. Register, p. 2h. [Letter by C. H. S.]
1862  
  Tender and true: a colonial tale. By the author of Clara Morison. London, Smith, Elder, 1862. 1 vol. 1s. A novel. [The date given in English Catalogue of Books, by E. Morris Miller in Australian Literature from its Beginnings to 1935 (1940) and Elizabeth Gunton in her Bibliography of Catherine Helen Spence (1967), is 1861, but copies in Australian libraries give the publication date as 1862.]
  [Clara Morison: a tale of South Australia during the gold fever. London, Ward & Lock, 1862. 1 vol. A novel. This is listed in English Catalogue of Books as a single volume at 2s. The book was subsequently listed by E. Morris Miller and Elizabeth Gunton as a publication for 1862, but I can find no copy and no other record. Spence said in her Autobiography (p. 22), that Tender and True was the only one of her novels to be reprinted.]
November 29 Hare's scheme of representation. Register, p. 2h. [Letter by C. H. S.]
December 6 Hare's system of representation of minorities. Observer Supplement, p. 2e. [Letter by C. H. S.]
1863  
March 3 Mr. Hare's system of voting. Register, p. 3b. [Letter by C. H. S.]
March 7 Mr. Hare's system of voting. Observer, p. 5h. [Letter by C. H. S.]
1864  
  [According to Spence's Autobiography p. 25, Uphill Work (a novel) was published by the Telegraph in its weekend paper the Weekly Mail. An advertisement, announcing that a 'New Tale by Miss Spence' would be published serially in the Weekly Mail, appeared in the Telegraph on 15 February 1864. Unfortunately the Weekly Mail has not survived. Uphill Work was published in book form in 1865 under the title Mr Hogarth's Will.]
1865  
  Mr Hogarth's will. By Catherine Helen Spence, author of "Clara Morrison," (sic) "Tender and True," etc., etc. London, Richard Bentley, 1865. 3 vols. A novel. [Reviewed 25 November 1865, in Saturday Review, vol. 20, no. 526. pp. 676-7.]
1866  
  An Australian's impression of England. Cornhill Magazine, vol. XIII, pp. 110-20. [Unsigned article. Acknowledged by Spence in Autobiography, (p. 26). Travels.]
  Principles of representation. Fortnightly Review, vol. 4, no. XXII, pp. 421-36. [Article by Edward Wilson. Acknowledged by Spence in Autobiography, (p. 25).] [Reviewed 30 July 1866, in Register, p. 3b-c.] [Reviewed 4 August 1866, in Observer, p. 7d-e.]
October 22 Reminiscences of a visit to England. By Miss Spence. Register, p. 3b-c. [Extracts from a lecture by Miss Spence (read by John Howard Clark) at the South Australian Institute on 19 October 1866. Travels.]
October 27 Reminiscences of a visit to England. By Miss Spence. Observer, p.6e-g. [Extracts from a lecture by Miss Spence (read by John Howard Clark) at the South Australian Institute on 19 October 1866. Travels.]
1867  
May 4 Hugh Lindsay's guest. Observer, p. 7a-c. [First episode of serialised novel by Miss Spence, author of "Mr. Hogarth's Will," "Tender and True," &c., &c. Written expressly for the Adelaide Observer. Later published as The Author's Daughter.]
May 11 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, p. 7a-d.
May 18 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, p. 7a-d.
May 25 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, p. 7a-d.
June 1 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, p. 7a-d.
June 8 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, p. 7a-d.
June 15 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, p. 7a-c.
June 22 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, p. 7a-d.
June 29 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, p. 7a-c.
July 6 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, p. 7a-d.
July 13 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, p. 7a-d.
July 20 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, p. 7a-d.
July 27 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, p. 7a-d.
August 3 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, p. 7a-d.
August 10 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, p. 7a-d.
August 17 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, p. 7a-d.
August 24 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, p. 7a-d.
August 31 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, p. 7a-c.
September 7 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, p. 7a-d.
September 14 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, p. 7a-d.
September 21 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, p. 7a-d.
September 28 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, p. 7a-d.
October 5 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, p. 7a-d.
October 12 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, p. 7a-e.
October 19 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, p. 7a-d.
October 26 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, p. 7a-e.
November 2 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, p. 7a-d.
November 9 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, p. 7a-e.
November 16 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, pp. 7a-h, 8a.
November 23 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Continued) Observer, pp. 7a-h, 8ab.
November 30 Hugh Lindsay's guest. (Concluded) Observer, pp. 6fh, 7a-h.
1868  
  The author's daughter. By Catherine Ellen (sic) Spence, author of "Mr Hogarth's Will," "Tender and True," &c., &c. London, Richard Bentley, 1868. 3 vols. A novel. [Reviewed 10 October 1868 in Saturday Review, vol. 26, no. 676. pp. 496-8.] [Reviewed 16 August 1870 in Register, p. 6-bc.] [Reviewed 27 August 1870 in Observer, p. 15d.] [Reviewed 10 October 1870 in Australasian, p. 422a-d.]
December 26 The game of wonders. Observer, p. 14e. [Unsigned article. Morice cuttings.]
1869  
December 25 Christmas games. I. Conglomeration. II. Nonsense verses. Observer, p. 13e-f. [Unsigned article. Morice cuttings.]
1870  
December 24 Christmas games. I. Nouns and questions. II. Thread-paper verses. Observer, p. 15d-e. [Unsigned article. Morice cuttings.]
1871  
January 16 Legacy duties. Register, p. 6a-b. [Letter by C. H. S. Women.]
November 4 South Australian Institute lecture. Register, p. 4f. [Report of lecture by Miss Spence on Elizabeth Barrett Browning given in the Institute Reading Room on 3 November 1871.]
November 4 South Australian Institute lecture. Evening Journal, p. 3f-g. [Report of lecture by Miss Spence on Elizabeth Barrett Browning given in the Institute Reading Room on 3 November 1871.]
November 11 Institute lectures. Register, p. 6c-d. [Report of lecture by Miss Spence on Robert Browning given in the Institute Reading Room on 10 November 1871.]
November 11 Institute lectures. Evening Journal, p. 3c-d. [Report of lecture by Miss Spence on Robert Browning given in the Institute Reading Room on 10 November 1871.]
November 11 South Australian Institute lecture. Observer, p. 11f-g. [Report of lecture by Miss Spence on Elizabeth Barrett Browning given in the Institute Reading Room on 3 November 1871.]
November 18 Institute lectures. Observer, p. 12b. [Report of lecture by Miss Spence on Robert Browning given in the Institute Reading Room on 10 November 1871.]
December 23 Christmas games. I. A round of conglomeration. II. Forfeits—why and because. Observer, p. 14b-c. [Unsigned article. Morice cuttings.]
1872  
September 4 Parliamentary representation. Advertiser, p. 3a-b. [Letter by C. H. Spence, Corresponding Member of the Representation Reform Association.]
September 4 Proportional representation. Evening Journal, p. 3c-e. [Letter by C. H. Spence, Corresponding Member of the Representative Reform Society.]
September 4 Proportional representation. Register, p. 6b-c. [Letter by C. H. Spence,Corresponding Member of the Representative Reform Society.]
September 5 Parliamentary representation. Express and Telegraph, p. 3a-b. [Letter by C. H. Spence, Corresponding Member of the Representation Reform Association.]
September 7 Parliamentary representation. Chronicle, p. 6d-e. [Letter by C. H. Spence, Corresponding Member of the Representation Reform Association.]
September 7 Proportional representation. Observer, p. 12c-e. [Letter by C. H. Spence, Corresponding Member of the Representative Reform Society.]
1874  
(January 15 The education of females. Register, p.5a-b. [Unsigned second leader. This could be the piece referred to by Spence in her Autobiography, (p. 54). None of the leading articles in the Register exactly fits Spence's description, but she knew John Howard Clark, the editor of the Register, and there is plenty of evidence that she was taking an interest in educational matters in 1874. She may well have written more pieces than she remembered when she wrote her Autobiography.])
(January 17 The education of females. Observer, p.13g. [Unsigned second leader. See note to January 15.])
(January 26 Giving drink to children. Register, p. 5f. [Letter by S. College Town. The opinions expressed, style, signature and address lead me to attribute this letter to Spence. College Town was a very small area.])
(January 26 Giving drink to children. Evening Journal, p. 3g. [Letter by S. College Town. (See note to January 26.)])
(January 31 Giving drink to children. Observer, p. 4a. [Letter by S. College Town. (See note to January 26.)])
September 1 The late examination of teachers by the Education Board. Register, p. 7c-d. [Letter by C. H. Spence.]