||William Kendrick Smithyman born (9 October) in Te Kopuru,
a small logging
town on the Wairoa River near Dargaville, Northland, New Zealand; his
also William Kendrick, was English-born and formerly a soldier, sailor
waterside worker (see Imperial Vistas Family Fictions); his mother,
Evans, was born in Christchurch. In KS’ childhood his parents managed an
Men’s home in Te Kopuru.
||The Smithyman family moves to Auckland
living in various suburbs before settling in Boscawen Avenue, Point
Chevalier. KS attends Point Chevalier Primary School where he meets
Keith Sinclair (poet and historian).
||Attends Seddon Memorial Technical College.
||Attends Auckland Teachers Training College
(Teacher’s Certificate), and Auckland University College. Meets Bob
Lowry (printer and publisher). First poems published in Manuka.
||Military service in the NZ Artillery as
bombardier, then quartermaster.
||Service in the Royal NZ Air Force.
||Begins writing poetry on regular basis.
||First published in New Zealand New Writing
and New Zealand Observer.
||Serves in Norfolk Island. Begins writing
the sequence “Considerations of Norfolk Island” (subsequently published
in Landfall and included in the 1951 edition of Allen Curnow’s A Book of
NZ Verse 1923-50) whilst stationed there. First published in Angry
Penguins. Discharged in November. Attends refresher course at Training
College, November 1945 - February 1946. Mother dies.
||Works as a Primary and Intermediate School
teacher, specialising in Special Needs children (Kowhai and Belmont
Intermediate Schools). Teaches at Gladstone Road Primary (1946),
Westmere Primary (1946-48), Pine/Herald Island Primary (1949-51),
Victoria Avenue Primary (1952-53), Takapuna Primary (1954-56), Belmont
Intermediate (1957-60), Kowhai Intermediate (1961-63).
||Marries the poet Mary Stanley (1919-80).
First published in Book, Yearbook of the Arts in New Zealand, Meanjin,
Kiwi, Rostrum, Briarcliff Quarterly (U.S.). Seven Sonnets (Auckland: Pelorus Press) published. Part time study at Auckland University
||First published in Landfall, Arena, Poetry
Quarterly (U.K.). Son Christopher born.
||First published in Circle (U.S.),
||Literary Editor of Here & Now.
||Moves to Pine Island (later known as
Herald Island). First published in Hilltop, NZ Listener, Southerly
(Australia), Matrix (U.S.), University of Kansas Quarterly.
||First published in Arachne, Wooden Horse,
Here & Now. Publication of The Blind Mountain and Other Poems
(Christchurch: Caxton Press). Son Stephen born.
||First published in New Zealand Poetry
Yearbook, Outposts (U.K.). Included in A Book of New Zealand Verse
1923-50, ed. Allen Curnow. Attends NZ Writers’ Conference, Christchurch.
||Included in 13 New Zealand Poets, ed.
Robert Thompson. Moves to Nile Road, Milford.
||Included in Poems from The Outlook. Son
Gerard born. Mary Stanley’s Starveling Year (Christchurch: Pegasus
||First published in Numbers.
||Publication of The Gay Trapeze
(Wellington: Handcraft Press).
||First published in Best Poems (U.S.).
Included in An Anthology of New Zealand Verse, ed. Robert Chapman and
Jonathan Bennett (O.U.P.).
||Publication of The Night Shift: Poems on
Aspects of Love, by James K. Baxter, Charles Doyle, Louis Johnson &
Kendrick Smithyman (Wellington: Capricorn Press).
||First published in Image.
||First published in Mate, NZ Monthly
Review. Included in The Penguin Book of New Zealand Verse, ed. Allen
||Publication of Inheritance (Hamilton:
Paul’s Book Arcade). Included in Landfall Country, ed. Charles Brasch.
||Publishes four articles on NZ Poetry in
Mate (8-11); having been refused leave from the Education Department to
turn these into a book, he resigns instead.
||Appointed Tutor in English at the
University of Auckland. Article on The Curry Report on Special Education
published in Comment.
||Publishes articles on language in Te Reo
||First published in Craccum.
||Edits and presents radio programme:
Perspective: A programme of critical writing
||Publication of A Way of Saying: A Study of
New Zealand Poetry (Auckland & London: Collins). First published in
Argot. Included in Recent Poetry in New Zealand, ed. Charles Doyle.
||Senior Tutor in the Auckland University
||First published in Comment, Dispute,
||First published in Westerly (Australia),
||Publication of Flying to Palmerston
(Christchurch: Auckland University & Oxford University Press), awarded
Jessie Mackay Prize. First published in Poet (India), Poetry East West
||Appointed Visiting Fellow in Commonwealth
Literature at the University of Leeds. Travels in U.K. and North
America. First published in Frontiers, Southern Review (Australia).
||Included in An Anthology of Twentieth
Century New Zealand Verse, ed. Vincent O’Sullivan.
||Edits William Satchell’s The Land of the
Lost  (Auckland: AUP & OUP). First published in Edge, Tuatara
(Canada), Newsletter of Association of Scottish Literary Studies, Poetry
New Zealand. ‘The Common Experience, the Common Response’ published in
Journal of Commonwealth Literature.
||Publication of Earthquake Weather
(Auckland: AUP & OUP). First published in New Zealand Universities Arts
Festival Yearbook, Lipsync, Pembroke Magazine (U.S.).
||First published in Islands. Contributes Afterword to
The Young New Zealand Poets, ed. Arthur Baysting
||Publication of The Seal in the Dolphin
Pool (Auckland: AUP & OUP).
||First published in Creative Moment (U.S.).
||Included in An Anthology of Twentieth
century NZ Verse, ed. O’Sullivan, 2nd ed.
||Publication of Dwarf with a Billiard Cue
(Auckland: AUP & OUP).
||Included in A Cabbage Press Anthology.
||Mary Stanley dies. Included in Fifteen
Contemporary New Zealand Poets, ed. Alistair Paterson. First published
in Humanities Review (India). Moves to Alton Avenue, Northcote
||Marries fellow English Department tutor
Margaret Edgcumbe. Included in Still Life After Kafka. Visits Canada to
read at Harbourfront Festival, Toronto.
||Works on Festives People Places Pictures
Book (October 1981-October 1982), an account of his second visit to
||‘Singing to the Ancestors: Some Aspects of
Present Poetry in NZ’ published in Journal of Commonwealth Literature.
||Included in Tango, a Literary Rage.
Included in The Oxford Book of New Zealand Writing Since 1945, ed McD.
Jackson and V. O’Sullivan.
||Works on Imperial Vistas Family Fictions
||First published in Span. Included in
Oxford Book of Contemporary New Zealand Poetry, ed. Fleur Adcock.
||Edits William Satchell’s The Toll of the
Bush  (Auckland: AUP & OUP).
Publication of Stories About Wooden Keyboards (Auckland: AUP & OUP).
First published in Ariel (Canada). Included in The Penguin Book of New
Zealand Verse, ed. Ian Wedde and Harvey McQueen.
||Honorary Doctorate from the University of
Auckland. First published in Rambling Jack, Untold, The Dinosaur Review
(Canada). New Zealand Book Award for Stories About Wooden Keyboards.
||Publication of Are You Going to the
Pictures? (Auckland: AUP). Included in The Caxton Press Anthology of New
Zealand Poetry, ed. Mark Williams. Edits Greville Texidor’s selected
stories, In Fifteen Minutes You Can Say a Lot (Wellington: Victoria
University Press). Retires from the Auckland English Department.
||First published in Island Magazine
(Australia). Landfall 168, includes essays on KS by Reginald Berry and
Murray Edmond and interview with Mac Jackson
||Publication of Selected Poems, ed. Peter
Simpson (Auckland: AUP). Included in The Penguin Book of Contemporary
New Zealand Poetry, ed. Wedde and McQueen.
||Awarded an OBE. Included in Vital
||Publication of Auto/Biographies
||Finishes work on Versions from Italian:
Quasimodo / Campana to Montale.
First published in Printout, Takahe, Sport.
||(28 December) dies at North Shore
Hospital, Auckland, after being taken ill at his home in Northcote.
||Publication of Tomarata (Auckland:
Holloway Press), designed by Alan Loney, with an afterword by Peter
Simpson. We Stand in Language: a memorial reading, University of Auckland
(readers: Elizabeth Caffin, Allen Curnow, Marilyn Duckworth, Murray
Edmond, Riemke Ensing, Mac Jackson, Michael King, Dennis McEldowney,
Peter Simpson, Elizabeth Smither, C.K. Stead, Terry Sturm). Closing the Chocolate Factory, a video of a December 1995
directed by Margaret Henley, released.
||Publication of Atua Wera (Auckland:
||Atua Wera short-listed for Montana
||Author page included in
electronic poetry centre (nzepc)
||Publication of Last Poems (Auckland:
Holloway Press), designed by Tara McLeod, with notes by Peter Simpson.
Publication of Imperial Vistas Family Fictions (Auckland: AUP). Heather
McCann, Syntax and Theme in the Poetry of Kendrick Smithyman MLitt
thesis, University of Auckland, 2002.
||Publication of brief 26 – Smithymania, ed.
||Publication of Collected Poems commences