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…
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Smithies, James. "M. H. Holcroft". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 June 2004
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