Anniversary of Sir John Logan Campbell's death

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Sir John Logan Campbell, often considered to be the founding father of Auckland. There are many reminders of Sir John in the Auckland of today, including his gift of Cornwall Park to the people of Aotearoa New Zealand. The deeds for the park can be found in the Sir George Grey Special Collections at Central City Library. 

Ref: 7-C2033, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Professor Russell Stone has recently edited  'Poenamo', Sir John's pioneer reminiscences. Republished as a complete facsimile of the 1889 reissue, 'Poenamo Revisited: New Zealand's very first adventure story' is full of additional content, illustrations and biographical details. 

Ref: 1-W1497, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Stone is an Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Auckland and a specialist on Sir John Logan Campbell. He is also a trustee of the Auckland Library Heritage Trust, which works to promote and preserve the Sir George Grey Special Collections.

Ref: E0001, North Auckland Research Centre
Find out more about the book and the events at Cornwall Park marking Sir John's death.

For those wanting to investigate Campbell further, you can find a good selection of  images on the Heritage Images database and letters & other documents (including those relating to the liquor business Campbell and Ehrenfried Co. Ltd. that Sir John chaired) on the Manuscripts Online database.

Ref: 7-A4746, Sir George Special Collections


  1. This shows just how much he was respected, from Russell Stone's, "The Father and His Gift"
    "On 13 June, most unusually, he remained in bed. He never rose from it again, a week later lapsing into a coma. At 5am on Saturday, 22 June he died. As the news spread rapidly through the city, people are said to have spoken 'with reverent affection for the great citizen who had just died.' Following the lead of the Town Hall, flags were flown at half-mast from business premises and private residences eveywhere. The Minister of Internal Affairs sent a telegram to the city expressing sympathy"
    Implied cause of death: old age.

  2. Watch out for the Logan Campbell theme in this year's Heritage Auckland Heritage Festival. We are planning lots of exciting and special events!


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