Story: Poetry

Ursula Bethell at her desk (1st of 2)

Ursula Bethell at her desk

Like Blanche Baughan, Ursula Bethell was born in Surrey, England, and for a time was a social worker. But, unlike Baughan, she grew up in New Zealand (although spending long periods in England) and, although both were born in the 1870s, Bethell's published poetry came later – in the 1920s. However this photograph, taken when she was a young woman, suggests that her literary interests were of long standing.

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Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury, Ursula Bethell papers
Reference: MB 558.16096

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How to cite this page:

John Newton, 'Poetry - The early 20th century: isolated achievements', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/43064/ursula-bethell-at-her-desk (accessed 28 February 2020)

Story by John Newton, published 22 Oct 2014