M. H. Holcroft (490 words)

Montague Harry (M. H.) Holcroft was born at a time when New Zealand literature was in its infancy. The writer, editor and journalist grew up in Christchurch and was educated at Christchurch Boys High School before taking a position as office boy at a confectionery factory in 1917. After two years in this position he determined to travel in order to gather experience for a career as a writer. He eventually made his way to Sydney where he settled as a dockyard clerk, short story writer and budding novelist, publishing in a wide variety of Australian periodicals such as The Australian Journal, Punch, Triad, Smith's Weekly and Bulletin (including literary essays on the infamous “Red Page”). In 1928 he p…

Smithies, James. "M. H. Holcroft". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 June 2004
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=2173, accessed 27 October 2016.]