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Chapman, Frederick Revans, Sir

Collection | Ref # ARC-0019 | Held by Hocken Collections - Uare Taoka o Hakena

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Chapman, Frederick Revans, Sir


Chapman, Frederick Revans, Sir, 1849-1936

Level of description:



1.16 linear metres

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Sir Frederick Revans Chapman, the first New Zealand-born supreme court judge, was born in 1849. He studied law in London and practised in Dunedin from 1872. He was also a law lecturer at the University of Otago from 1876 to 1878 and involved in civic politics as a city councillor. In 1879 he married Miss Clara Cook. He was appointed President of the Court of Arbitration with the status of a Supreme Court Judge in 1903 and retained that post until 1907, when he assumed full work in the Supreme Court. Revans was knighted in 1923 and died on 24 June 1936. Revans contributed in many ways to contemporary New Zealand history by the collection and preservation of a great volume of letters and manuscripts that would otherwise have been lost (from 'Encyclopaedia of New Zealand,

Scope and contents:

A collection of mainly research papers collected for writing histories, primarily concerning Maori history and place names. Also included are personal papers, papers from the Somes Island Commission, 1918, and papers relating to the visit to Dunedin in 1901 of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwell.

Dates covered:

Circa 1835 - 1956

Archival history:

MS-0227 was donated by Dr J.R. Elder in 1951. MS-0421 was found among the papers of Sir F.R. Chapman.

Access conditions:

Not restricted.

Finding aids:

Listed on the 'Hakena' archives and manuscripts catalogue.

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Associated with:


Dunedin · Matiu/Somes Island · Wanaka · Australia

Iwi (tribe):

Kai Tahu


World War, 1914-1918 · Pelorus Jack (Dolphin) · Somes Island Commission

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