Ashton-Warner, Sylvia

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Ashton-Warner, Sylvia Gender: F
Sylvia Constance Ashton-Warner
born on 17 December 1908 at 07:00 (= 07:00 AM )
Place Stratford, New Zealand, 39s20, 174e17
Timezone ONZT h11e30 (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 24°29' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 04°39 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 27°42'


New Zealand writer, poet and educator.

Ashton-Warner spent many years teaching Māori children, using stimulating and often pioneering techniques which she wrote about in her 1963 treatise Teacher and in the various volumes of her autobiography. Her success derived from a commitment to "releasing the native imagery and using it for working material" and her belief that communication must produce a mutual response in order to affect a lasting change.

As a novelist, she produced several works mostly centred around strong female characters. Her novel Spinster (1958) was made into the 1961 film Two Loves (also known as The Spinster) starring Shirley MacLaine. She was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to education and literature in the 1982 Queen's Birthday Honours.

Ashton-Warner died on 28 April 1984, in Tauranga. Her life story was adapted for the 1985 biographical film Sylvia, based on her work and writings.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "Sylvia! The Biography of Sylvia Ashton-Warner" by Lynley Hood (Penguin, 2008), published online [1]: "Sylvia Constance Ashton Warner was born in Stratford at seven o'clock in the morning on 17 December 1908, at the beginning of the summer school vacation."


  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction