Herries Beattie Papers (1848 – 1972)


Registration number
: 34


Year of registration: 2018


Location: Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena, Hocken Library, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Further information: Hocken Collections, Hocken Library

Beattie was an extremely thorough researcher and the information he collected is detailed and specific to the South Island. Leading up to the Ngāi Tahu claim to the Waitangi Tribunal, researchers for iwi and Crown, used the Beattie papers repeatedly as they provided reliable and detailed historical and ethnographical data not found elsewhere.

The collection records thousands of South Island Māori place names gathered by Beattie from his lifetime work of interviewing Ngāi Tahu people. Subsequently, the Beattie collection was an important source of knowledge relating to Ngāi Tahu place names for Kā Huru Manu.

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