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Robin Hyde

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Full Name:

Iris Guiver Wilkinson


19 Jan 1906 – 23 Aug 1939


Robin Hyde
Robin Hyde packed a lot into her short and often tragic life. Best known today for her novels Passport to hell, Nor the years condemn and The godwits fly, she was also a fine poet, a crusading journalist and an outspoken advocate for the downtrodden.

Events In History

23 August 1939

The journalist, poet and novelist, born Iris Wilkinson, was one of New Zealand's finest inter-war writers. Troubled by depression, illness and poverty, she took her own life in London.


Rail tourism

From the late 19th century the expanding rail network opened up exciting leisure and tourism opportunities for ordinary New Zealand families. New Zealand Railways promoted rail holidays through bright, attractive posters and its own popular monthly magazine. Read the full article

Page 5 - Railways Magazine

During the inter-war years no other monthly magazine matched New Zealand Railways for its commitment to promoting a popular literary culture in New

Main image: Robin Hyde
Portrait of Robin Hyde from the title page of Journalese (1934).