John Caselberg

Fitzclarence Anstey John Caselberg (19 August 1927 – 16 April 2004) was a New Zealand writer.

Caselberg was born at Wakefield, south of Nelson, in 1927[1] and educated at Nelson College from 1936 to 1944.[2]

His work ranged through poetry and playwriting to short stories and essays. Along with his wife, artist Anna Caselberg, he was at the centre of a thriving art and literary milieu which included his good friend and collaborator Colin McCahon, father-in-law Toss Woollaston, and writer Charles Brasch. Caselberg was awarded the Robert Burns Fellowship from the University of Otago in 1961.

He died in Dunedin in 2004.[3]

The Caselberg Trust, a charitable trust supporting artists, is named in honour of John and Anna Caselberg.[4]


  1. ^ El Orfi, Mariam (30 May 2001). "Caselberg – poet". Nelson Mail. p. 17.
  2. ^ Nelson College Old Boys' Register, 1856–2006, 6th edition (CD-ROM)
  3. ^ "Cemeteries search". Dunedin City Council. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  4. ^ "About us – Caselberg Trust". Caselberg Trust. Retrieved 18 April 2014.