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Hunter, Sir Thomas A. 1876-1953

 Fonds — Box: 805/1-2, 809/1
Identifier: hunt-P


  • Creation: 1905-1951

Access and use

Access is open for research and private study. For any use beyond this, a request should be addressed to the J.C.Beaglehole Room in the first instance.

BIographical note

Academic career relevant to Victoria University of Wellington: MA, MSc (NZ: Otago), KBE, HonLittD Mental & Moral Philosophy: Lecturer, 1904; Professor, 1907; Principal, 1948; Retired, 1951. Principal: Part-time, 1938; Full-time, 1948; Emeritus Principal, 1952.

For a full biographical description please consult the entry in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, which is online at


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Location of other Hunter material

According to contemporary staff, the papers of Sir Thomas Hunter are almost certainly non-existent or very scanty. Professor Colin Bailey, for example, noted that "Hunter would never put anything on paper unless he absolutely had to; this caused Dr James Williams much trouble when he took over as Principal, later Vice-Chancellor, of Victoria, because so much of the record was in Sir Thomas's head and died with him."

Victoria University archives contain little apart from the official minutes of bodies such as the Professorial Board.

The University of New Zealand archives, which are held at Archives New Zealand, will have any records of Sir Thomas's activities in relation to the University of New Zealand.

The New Zealand Council for Educational Research may have some files relating to Sir Thomas's association with the Council (NB some loose papers relating to the University Reform Association in 1910, left at NZCER by Sir Thomas, were located and transferred here in 2009).

The records of the University Reform Association contain records of Hunter's activities as Honorary Secretary.

Papers of Sir Thomas Hunter
J C Beaglehole Room - Archives and manuscripts
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Repository Details

Part of the Tapuaka Heritage & Archive Collections - JC Beaglehole Reading Room, Victoria University of Wellington Library Repository

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