Arthur Henry Adams

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Arthur Henry Adams (June 6, 1872 – March 4, 1936) was born in Lawrence, New Zealand, and educated at Otago University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and began studying law. He abandoned law, and worked as a journalist in Wellington, where he began contributing poetry to The Bulletin. He moved to Sydney in 1898, and took up a position as literary secretary to J.C. Williamson.

In 1900 Adams travelled to China to cover the Boxer Rebellion as a journalist for several New Zealand papers. He would later return to New Zealand before moving to London in 1902, where he published several works including London Streets.

He 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.


  • Maoriland: and Other Verses (1899)
  • Tussock Land (1904)
  • London Streets (1906)
  • Galahad Jones (1910)
  • A Touch of Fantasy (1912)
  • Collected Verses (1913)
  • Grocer Greatheart (1915)
  • Australian Nursery Rimes (1917)
  • The Australians (1920)
  • Fifty Nursery Rhymes with Music (1924)
  • A Man's Life (1929)
  • Serle, Percival (1949). "Adams, Arthur Henry". Dictionary of Australian Biography. Sydney: Angus and Robertson. 
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