Remembering the ANZACs from St John’s College: Closure of the College

With the outbreak of World War One in 1914, the student population at St John’s College steadily declined with students leaving overseas to serve in the war. From this College photograph from 1915; Walter Averill, Charles Smith, Harry Reynolds and Arthur Bongard survived the war, Jack Rose and Paul Clark were killed in action. The College … More Remembering the ANZACs from St John’s College: Closure of the College

“Basketful of Errors” : John Baskett and the Vinegar Bible

The history of the printed Bible has been marked by many misprints. Poor printers have been fined, struck down by charges of heresy and even doomed to a life of destitution in a debtor’s prison. One such printer came away from this embarrassing faux pas relatively unscathed, this misprinted edition was remarked upon at the … More “Basketful of Errors” : John Baskett and the Vinegar Bible

Martin Luther in Print : The Reformation and the Printing Press

A display is on at the John Kinder Theological Library showcases 6 rare print examples relating to Martin Luther and the Reformation which is marking its 500th anniversary this year.  The spread of the Reformation was in part facilitated by the recent invention of the printing press, which led to a growing volume of printed materials … More Martin Luther in Print : The Reformation and the Printing Press

Sir Kingi Matutaera Ihaka and the Auckland Anglican Māori Club

On Sunday 8th October the Auckland Anglican Māori Club celebrated its 50th anniversary at The Church of the Holy Sepulchre with a Thanksgiving Service. Sir Kingi Matutaera Ihaka  dedicated himself to all  aspects of Māoritanga and played an important part in the flourishing of contemporary kapa haka. Sir Kingi was also  meticulous at documenting  his … More Sir Kingi Matutaera Ihaka and the Auckland Anglican Māori Club

“Entirely from Nature”: Art Lessons at St John’s Collegiate School

While working on a research request I came across this advertisement for drawing, painting and sketching lessons at St John’s College to be taught by Wilhelm Dittmer. This piece of ephemera is held in our ‘St John’s School and King’s College’ collection of papers. Herr Dittmer was a German-born artist who had arrived New Zealand … More “Entirely from Nature”: Art Lessons at St John’s Collegiate School

William Charles Cotton, the Bee Master of St John’s College

Honey bees are our friends. Much of the  human food supply relies on honey bee pollinating services.  Aotearoa/New Zealand has 28 native bee species, but none of these have the crop pollinating abilities of honey bees, so essential to our present diet. Records show that Mary Bumby, the sister of a Methodist missionary,  brought two … More William Charles Cotton, the Bee Master of St John’s College