Robert William Lowry

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Robert William Lowry (17 November 1912 – 7 December 1963) was a New Zealand printer, publisher, typographer and teacher.


Lowry was born in Paeroa, New Zealand, on 17 November 1912.[1] He was the eldest child of his mother Janet (Jessie) Craig Forrest and Irish father Robert William Lowry, a storekeeper, farmer and carpenter.[2] He was educated at Auckland Grammar School, where he first became interested in typography, and at Auckland University College (1931–1933). While still at university, he undertook several printing enterprises, including the printing of Phoenix, the journal of the university's literary club. At this time Lowry was an admirer of Francis Meynell, Eric Gill and Stanley Morison; also of Tschichold.

After university Lowry set up the Unicorn Press, and later the Pelorus Press.

Further reading[edit]

  • Patricia Thomas, 'Beyond the merely good: the typography of Bob Lowry', in Parenthesis; 13 (2007 August), p. 22-24

Mentioned in[edit]

Lowry has been mentioned in many a publication; below is a list:[3]

A Book in the Hand: Essays on the History of the Book in New Zealand Preface Eleven: Bob Lowry and the Pelorus Press, 1945-531

Collected Poems By A. R. D. Fairburn Poem Addressed to Mr Robert Lowry on the Occasion of the Birth of his Fourth Daughter

Design Review: Volume 3, Issue 3 (November- December 1950) Craft at the Academy

Indirections: A Memoir 1909-1947 Chapter Eight — Hallenstein Bros

Kōtare 1998, Volume One, Number One ‘Red Hot Gospels of Highbrows’: R. A. K. Mason and the demise of Phoenix

Kōtare 1999, Volume Two, Number One A bibliographical description and nominal index to The Phoenix, Auckland University College, 1932-1933

Kōtare 2007, Special Issue — Essays in New Zealand Literary Biography Series One: ‘Women Prose Writers to World War I’ Elsie Locke, 1912–2001

Kōtare 2008, Special Issue — Essays in New Zealand Literary Biography Series Three: ‘The Early Poets’ R. A. K. Mason, 1905–1971 Charles Brasch, 1909–1973 Denis Glover, 1912–1980

Kōtare 2008, Special Issue — Essays in New Zealand Literary Biography Series Two: ‘Early Male Prose Writers’ Frank Sargeson [Norris Frank Davey], 1903–1982 Roderick Finlayson, 1904–1992

The Home Front Volume II CHAPTER 23 — The Arts Survive


  1. ^ Hughes, Peter H. "Robert William Lowry". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Lowry, Robert William". TEARA.
  3. ^ "ROBERT WILLIAM LOWRY 1912–1963 (PERSON)". University of Wellington.