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Rigg, Theodore, Sir, 1888-1972

Collection | Ref # AG 445 | Held by The Nelson Provincial Museum

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Rigg, Theodore, Sir, 1888-1972


Rigg, Theodore, Sir, 1888-1972

Level of description:



1 box

Reference number:

AG 445

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Sir Theodore Rigg (1888-1972) was brought up in a Quaker family and served with the Friends War Relief Committee in World War 1 and then during the Russian Revolution. He married an American woman, Esther White, and returned to New Zealand. He was employed at the Cawthron Institute as an agricultural chemist and became director in 1933. He was knighted in 1938 and retired in 1956. Upon retiring he began researching the Quakers in early Nelson history. He did not publish a book on this topic.

Source: 920 RIG A Quaker scientist / by Helen Hunt.

The papers include 10 notebooks, 1 folder of papers and an 11 p typescript " Short history of the Society of Friends (Quakers) in Nelson, New Zealand dated 1968.
Papers includes a Cotterell family tree, and biographical details of some mid-19th century Nelson quakers.

Papers re Quakers in early Nelson

Dates covered:

1950 - 1969

Access conditions:

Not restricted

Finding aids:

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Nelson · Tasman


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