Rachel Henning (1826–1914) was born in England. In 1854, she went to Australia but returned to England in 1856 due to homesickness and the hot climate. However, in 1861, she returned to Australia, where she settled permanently. She first lived with her brother and sister on their property in Queensland, but married in 1866 and later moved to a property near the New South Wales south coast.
Rachel's descriptive letters, mainly addressed to her sister in England, provide a detailed account of nearly 30 years of pioneering life in Australia. The letters were first published by The Bulletin in 1951 and 1952; in 1963, they were collected in book form and published by Angus and Robertson, with a foreword and illustrations by Norman Lindsay. Literary critic Debra Adelaide writes that "they are valued for their vivid portrayal of station life in the second half of the nineteenth century and for her own humour and frankness about the life she led".
- Henning, Rachel (1986). Adams, David, ed. The Letters of Rachel Henning. Sydney: Angus and Robertson. ISBN 0-207-14981-X.
- Henning, Rachel. The Letters of Rachel Henning. South Australia 5005: eBooks@Adelaide, The University of Adelaide Library, University of Adelaide.
- Australian Dictionary of Biography entry
- Full text of her letters at Project Gutenberg Australia