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Kipling & Trix

Dr. Mary Hamer, lecturer, broadcaster and author of several books, including ‘Kipling & Trix’ gave a lecture to the Oxted & District History Society on ‘Kipling & Trix’ about Rudyard’s and Trix’s early lives.

Born in Bombay in 1865, Rudyard’s father taught at the new School of Art.  His sister Trix was two and a half years younger.  In India, Rudyard enjoyed a very colourful, happy life but his parents decided that both siblings needed to be brought up and educated in England.  There was the risk of high infant mortality in India.  They were placed with inappropriate foster parents in Southsea, where Rudyard was mistreated by his evangelical foster mother while Trix was treated more kindly.

Aged 9, Rudyard had some sort of breakdown.  His aunt intervened and his mother moved him to boarding school while his sister was moved to more appropriate foster parents.  Aged 16, Rudyard returned to India, living in Lahore, where he edited the ‘Civil & Military Gazette’.  He published some of his stories and gained experience as a journalist, enjoying life in India.  Aged 25, he returned to England where he enjoyed instant success.  At 26 he married his American girlfriend, Caroline.  His sister Trix also published two novels and worked in psychic circles as a medium.


The Life of Rudyard Kipling by Mary Hamer