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John Bartrum field map of the Hokianga area.

 Collection — item: top of media cabinets
Identifier: MSS-Archives-2015/02

Scope and Contents

A detailed map of the Hokianga area with handwritten annotations relating to the geology of the area. The annotations which include references to geological samples noted as being in the 'AUC' (Auckland University College) geology collection appear to be in John Bartrum's handwriting. The 1220mm wide map is made up a mosaic of large scale topographical maps printed on paper and glued onto a linen backing. The map has wooden rails top and bottom.


  • circa 1930s


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Not restricted.

Biographical / Historical

John Arthur Bartrum, 1885 -1949, was born in Geraldine, Canterbury in May 1885. Known as Arthur to his family and close friends he was the second of Benjamin Packer Bartrum and Charlotte Amy Hayden’s nine children. Bartrum was educated at Christchurch Boys high school and from 1904 to 1907 attended the University of Otago, graduating with an MSc in 1908.

Between 1908 and 1914 Bartrum was employed as field surveyor by the New Zealand Geological Survey, a physically demanding position which left him with weak ankles and contributed to his ill-health in later life. For a short time in 1909 and 1910 Bartrum taught at Canterbury Agricultural College.

Bartrum married Constance Ella Lorie, at Takapuna, Auckland, in July 1912. The couple had a son, John Wynyard, and three daughters, Margaret Patricia, Eleanor Constance and Joan Winifred.

In 1914 Bartrum was appointed lecturer in geology at Auckland University College. He was made full Professor in 1927 and retained the position until his death in 1949. For many years Bartrum was the only full time lecturer in Geology at the Auckland, teaching long hours and spending his weekends and holidays taking students on field trips.

During his career Bartrum published extensively, covering almost every aspect of geological theory with a focus on the geological features of Auckland and Northland. Bartrum ‘s contribution to New Zealand geology was recognised by the New Zealand Institute, later the Royal Society of New Zealand, which awarded him a fellowship in 1928, the Hutton Memorial Medal in 1932 and the Hector Memorial Medal and Prize in 1939. In addition he was also a fellow of the Geological Society of London and of America.

For further details see: Alan Mason. Bartrum, John Arthur - Biography, from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 1-Sep-10 URL:


0.01 metres (1 rolled map)

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Related Materials

John Bartrum papers, MSS & Archives 2012/4.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, University of Auckland Repository

5 Alfred Street
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142 New Zealand