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Arthur Henry Adams (1872-1936), from Maoriland, and other verses, 1899. Courtesy Internet Archive.

Arthur Henry Adams (6 December 1872 - 4 March 1936) was a New Zealand poet, novelist, and journalist. He started his career in New Zealand, though he spent most of it in Australia, and for short times resided in China and London.


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Arthur Henry Adams, courtesy Australian Dictionary of Biography.

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Adams in 1920. Courtesy Obituaries Australia.

Adams was born in Lawrence, New Zealand.[1]

He was educated at the University of Otago, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and began studying law.[1]


Adams abandoned law to become a journalist in Wellington, where he began contributing poetry to The Bulletin, a Sydney, Australia, periodical.[1]

He moved to Sydney in 1898, and took up a position as private secretary and literary advisor to J.C. Williamson, a noted theatrical manager.[1][2]

In 1900 Adams travelled to China to cover the Boxer Rebellion as a journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald and several New Zealand papers, later returning to New Zealand.

In 1902 he moved to London, where he published several works including The Nazarene (1902) and London Streets, a collection of poems (1906).[2]

When Adams returned to Australia in 1906, he took over from A.G. Stephens as editor of the Bulletin's Red Page until 1909.

In addition to his poetry, Adams wrote both plays and novels. His most successful play was Mrs. Pretty and the Premier, which was produced in 1914 by the Melbourne Repertory Theatre.


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  • Maoriland, and other verses. Sydney: Bulletin Newspaper Co. 1899.
  • The Nazarene: A study of a man. London: Phillip Wellby, 1902.
  • London Streets. London & Edinburgh: T.N. Foulis, 1906.
  • Collected Verses. Melbourne: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1913.
  • My Friend Remember! Lines written on reading Lissauer’s "Chant of Hate". Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1914.
  • In Memoriam Anzac Day April 25th 1916. Sydney: S.T. Leigh, 1916.



Short fictionEdit

  • The New Chum, and other stories. Sydney: N.S.W Bookstall, 1909.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy Kirstine Moffatt.[4]

China 1899 (Arthur Henry Adams Poem)

China 1899 (Arthur Henry Adams Poem)

See also Edit



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Australian Poets and Their Works, by William Wilde. Oxford University Press, 1996.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Template:Cite Americana
  3. Search results = au:Arthur Henry Adams, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Dec. 18, 2013.
  4. Kirstine Moffat, "[ Artthur H. Adams, 1872-1935", Kotare 7:3 (2008), 73-89. Web, Dec. 18, 2013.

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