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Lowe, Harold Phillips

Collection | Ref # ARC-0505 | Held by Hocken Collections - Uare Taoka o Hakena

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Lowe, Harold Phillips


Lowe, Harold Phillips, 1923-

Level of description:



0.23 linear metres

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Harold Lowe was born in Gourock, Scotland, in 1923. He migrated to New Zealand in 1949, initally working for the New Zealand Forest Service. He later settled in Gore where he was a property investor and landlord. Lowe was a tramper, and was involved with expeditions to Antarctica in 1969-1970, 1972, and 1975-1976. He married Joan Speden in 1975.
In later life Lowe became a wine expert, gaining a certificate from the Wine Institute of New Zealand. He was instrumental in establishing the Gore Winetasters' Club in 1984, and wrote and lectured on the subject.
Lowe was awarded HM Queen's Polar Medal, invested in May 1973.

Scope and contents:

This collection contains two volumes of reminiscences by Lowe entitled 'Fragments of the Past'. It also includes diaries, leader's reports, correspondence, clippings and photographs relating to Lowe's three Antarctic expeditions.

Dates covered:

1923 - 2006

Access conditions:

Not restricted: This collection was previously restricted, with access by permission of the Hocken Librarian. The restriction was lifted in May 2006.

Finding aids:

Listed on ‘Hakena’ the Hocken Collections online archives and manuscripts catalogue

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Antarctic regions · Wine tasting · Wine and wine making · Forests and forestry

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