Gertrude Page


Gertrude Eliza Page was born in 1872, at Erdington, Warwick. She was educated at Bedford High School, then at a school on the south coast.

When in her teens, she wrote stories that were published by the Girls Own Paper. They are:

"If Loving Hearts Were Never Lonely; or Madge Harcourt's Desolation" Volume 19, pages 8, 22, 41, 54, 78, 94, 98, 122, 129, 152, 170, 182, 194, 210, 226, 245, 258, 274, 289, 317, 322, 350, 358, 372, 391, 402
"A New Year's Eve Dream" Volume 21, page 181
"Her Sailor Lover: A Story of Sacrifice" Volume 21, pages 556, 566, 590
"The Mysterious Stranger" Volume 23, pages 569, 581, 595, 609
"Paying the Price" Volume 24, pages 696, 715, 727, 765
"What the Hollyhocks and Lilies Saw" Volume 1899.20 Sundrops, page 47


She married George Alexander Dobbin (known as Alec) in Kensington, London in 1902. Gertrude and Alec moved to Africa two years after marriage and settled in Rhodesia. They struggled for the first few years, then Alec took on a post with a large company. After 10 years, they were able to acquire a 21,000-acre farm, along with 2000 cattle, which was 65 miles from the nearest town, and 25 miles from a railway.

Gertrude suffered much ill health, and is described as an invalid between 1917 and 1920. She wrote nearly 20 novels, most of which are set in Rhodesia.

She died in Salisbury, Rhodesia, in April 1922.

The Woburn Sands Collection has a great webpage dedicated to Gertrude Page, and some of the above info was borrowed from that webpage.

Click Gertrude's picture above to view images of different editions of her books, most of which are in my personal collection.