24 September 1840
RNC was born at Stratford-le-Bow
(now in East London
), the second-youngest both of the seven children who survived, and of the five girls in the family.
By 5 December 1868
Rosa Nouchette Carey's first novel, a family saga entitled Nellie's Memories: a Domestic Story
, appeared under her own name: it was an instant success and sold more than 52,000 copies.
19 July 1909
RNC died of lung cancer at her house, named Sandilands, in Keswick Road
; the Times
published an obituary notice the next day.
By 16 September 1909
In the year of RNC's death appeared the novel The Key of the Unknown
; the previous year she had published another, The Sunny Side of the Hill