Reginald Kirby Reginald Kirby i(A42534 works by)
Born: Established: 21 Feb 1901 High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
; Died: Ceased: 25 May 1972 Brighton, Brighton - Moorabbin area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1936
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Reginald Kirby grew up in Windsor, UK, later gaining a diploma from Spurgeon's (theological) College, London and a History Certificate from London University College. He served as Baptist Minister in Harborne, Birmingham (1926-1933) and Harrogate, Yorkshire (1933-1936) before migrating to Australian and becoming Minister of Collins Street Baptist Church, Melbourne in 1936.

In 1942 Kirby enlisted for service in World War II. He served as a padre in the RAAF in New Guinea, until his discharge in May 1943. Following the war he became a lecturer in English and Theology in Armidale, NSW and later a master at Wolaroi College, eventually retiring to Melbourne following a heart attack.

Kirby was a prolific writer, publishing several religious works between 1936 and 1940 and numerous adventure and romance novels between 1942 and 1950. He also wrote for boys and contributed to The Boy: The Australian Boy Annual in the 1940s. From about 1956 he wrote a philosophical column for Your Garden magazine, publishing the selection Thoughts in My Garden in 1963.

Most Referenced Works


  • Oxford Companion to Australian Literature (2nd ed., 1995) incorrectly gives Kirby's date of death as 1950.
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