South Australian¬† Matilda Jane Evans, writing under the pseudonym Maud Jeanne Franc, published 14 novels between 1859 and 1885 set in South Australia. These domestic, religious and temperance novels represent a significant contribution of literature to the young colony and demonstrated it was possible to live a worthy spiritual life, dispelling the preconcieved idea that all colonials were necessarily rough and degenerate. Women were represented as being particularly influential in the religious and moral life of the community. The ‘Golden Gifts’ of the title are their talents and the rich earth of the new country.