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Effie Adelaide Rowlands Effie Adelaide Rowlands i(A68717 works by) (birth name: Effie Adelaide Maria Henderson) (a.k.a. Effie Maria Albanesi; Effie M. Albanesi; E. Maria Albanesi; E. M. Albanesi; Madame Albanesi)
Also writes as: E. Maria Albanesi
Born: Established: 1859 Adelaide, South Australia, ; Died: Ceased: 16 Oct 1936 London,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,

Gender: Female
Expatriate assertion Departed from Australia: 1860-1864
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Born in Australia, Effie Adelaide Rowlands (nee Henderson) settled in England at an early age - she was baptized in Lancashire in 1864. In 1882 she married Abraham Rowlands, four years later she published Margery Daw (1886); the first of almost 200 novels by Rowlands, this early work was published anonymously. The majority of her novels however, appeared under the name Effie Adelaide Rowlands, even though her marriage with Rowlands had ended in divorce in 1894. In 1896 she married the Italian musician Carlo Albanesi, and some of her subsequent novels appear under the name Effie Maria Albanesi.

It is likely that a number of her novels have Australian content (e.g. The Hand of Fate [1914]is set partly in Australia); however, as very few are held in Australian libraries, it has not yet been possible to determine this aspect of her work. Rowlands also published a biography of her daughter, Meggie Albanesi (1928), a talented young actor who died in 1923, aged 24.

Most Referenced Works


    • Rowlands is listed (incorrectly as Rowland) in the index to Miller but does not appear in the text, at least at the reference given (I: 396). (Source: Miller, Australian Literature from its Beginnings to 1935, 1940)
    • Rowlands's age varies in every UK census in which she is listed, meaning that 1857-1865 is the range of possible birth years. According to the Times obituary she was 77 at the time of her death in 1936.
  • Reviewer 'J.T.' categorises The Little Lady (Ward, Lock) written as E. Maria Albanesi as "very light, with very little substance". (All About Books, 12 October, 1937. p.157).

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