WHO IS HENRY KENDALL ANYWAY?
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THOMAS HENRY KENDALL
Thomas Henry Kendall (1839-1882), the poet was born on 18 April 1839 at Ulladulla, New South Wales. The son of Thomas Kendall who had been a Chilean naval officer,
On his return, in March 1857 he rented a house for his mother, twin brother, and sisters at Newtown, in Sydney. In 1859 he contributed poems to the Month, whose editor, Joseph Moore, introduced him to other literary men including the solicitor, James Michael, who employed Kendall as a clerk at Grafton in 1861-63 and allowed him to use his extensive library. In August 1863 Kendall became a clerk in the Department of Lands with a salary of £150.
In 1866 he transferred to the Colonial Secretary’s Office with £200 a year. In 1859-69 Kendall won repute as a poet by regular contributions to newspapers and periodicals in Sydney and Melbourne and by the publication in 1862 of Poems and Songs. George Barton praised him for ‘his distinctly Australian poetry’ and Richard Horne compared him favorably with Wordsworth. In March 1868 he married Charlotte, the 18-year-old daughter of John Yates Rutter.
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