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Barsby, John, Professor: Papers relating to George Sale

Collection | Ref # ARC-0201 | Held by Hocken Collections - Uare Taoka o Hakena

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Barsby, John, Professor: Papers relating to George Sale


Barsby, John, Professor

Level of description:



0.07 linear metres

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George Sale was born in England in 1831. He achieved a Bachelor of Arts in Classics and Mathematics in 1854 from Trinity College, Cambridge. Emigrating to New Zealand in 1860, he found employment on a sheep run in Canterbury and as a goldminer. In June 1864 Sale was appointed Canterbury Provincial Treasurer and in 1871 took up the position of the Chair of Classics at the University of Otago. He held this position until his retirement in 1908, whereupon he retuned to England. Sale died in 1922.

Professor John Barsby was head of the Department of Classics for many years until his retirement in 2001.

Scope and contents:

The papers include Professor Barsby's unabridged verson of his biography of George Sale which appeared in the 'Dictionary of New Zealand Biography'. This article contains handwritten annotations relating to additional information received from George Sale's grandson. Also included is a letter from Sale's grandson and a letter of explanation from Professor Barsby. There is also a book of Greek and Latin compositions with 'G.S. Sale 1850' on the flyleaf. There are a number of loose pages in the front of this volume containing quotes and poems. There is also Sale's winning entry for the Members Latin Prize at Cambridge, Barsby's lecture and writings on Sale as well as his 'Reflections of a retiring Professor of Classics'.

Dates covered:

1831 - 2002

Access conditions:

Not restricted.

Finding aids:

Listed on the 'Hakena' archives and manuscripts catalogue.

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Westland District · Canterbury Region · Otago Region · Cambridge

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