- Dunedin poems 2
Kathleen Butler. Dunedin and other poems. Ilfracombe: Arthur H. Stockwell Ltd., [ca. 1934]
in Devonshire, Kathleen Butler’s collection of verse focuses on nature and the
seasons and contains many a familiar Dunedin theme, including ‘Dunedin’, ‘Grey
day in Dunedin’ and ‘Snow in May.’
Samuel Hulme Bridgford. Dunedin and other poems. New Plymouth: Thomas Avery & Sons, Ltd., 1936.
Hulme Bridgford (1888-1936) was born in Bolton, Lancashire, and came to New
Zealand around 1927. His sole volume of poetry contains the poem ‘Dunedin from
Maori Hill’ and several others verses with an Otago setting. A Mary Webb
disciple, his verse typically ponders on the wonders of nature, accompanied by
religious feeling. His death after a long illness occurred around the time of
Edith Howes. Dunedin. In A centennial history of Otago verse. Christchurch: Caxton Press, 1949.
Edith Howes was born in
London but educated in New Zealand, where she became an infant school teacher,
notably at Gore School. With great fondness for the natural world and a
profound empathy for children, she became a prolific author of children’s
stories, writing thirty works including Fairy
rings (1911) and The cradle ship
(1916). Howes settled in Dunedin for some time before shifting to Christchurch
to care for her elderly mother. In 1941, she returned to Dunedin where she
lived until her death in 1954.