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Albert Chappell papers.

Identifier: MSS-Archives-2017/01

Scope and Contents

Mostly photographs relating to family and Methodist church subjects. Includes Chappell's degree certificates and a rowing medal.


  • 1890 - 1937


Conditions Governing Access

Not restricted

Biographical / Historical

Albert Bygrave Chappell (1872-1942) was born in Portsmouth, England in 1872. His family moved to New Zealand in 1881 settling in Tauranga. Chappell attended Canterbury University College, completing an MA in political science in 1904. In 1894 Chappell entered the ministry of the Wesleyan Church and held appointments in Wellington, Auckland, Fielding, Whanganui and New Plymouth, before becoming the Registrar of Auckland University College (AUC) in 1917. The appointment of Chappell, a keen tennis player, debater and Scout master, was well received by AUC students who appreciated that he took an active interest in many College clubs and encouraged ‘a genuine College spirit.’ In 1919 Chappell completed a diploma in journalism, the first to be awarded by the University of New Zealand. Chappell resigned as Registrar in 1923 to further his interest in journalism; writing for the New Zealand Herald until his retirement in 1941. In addition to his long association with the Methodist Church, Chappell was a member of a number of school boards, and a tutor with the Workers Educational Association (WEA).

Chappell married Mary Elizabeth McKinney in 1908, the couple had three daughters and three sons. Chappell died in Auckland in August 1942.

Also see: New Zealand, Who's Who in New Zealand and the Western Pacific, 1925.


0.2 metres (7 folders.)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred to Special Collections by External Relations in February 2010; it is likely that the material was originally donated to the University by Chappell’s daughter.

Inventory of the papers of Albert Chappell.
Finding aid prepared by Katherine Pawley
August 2017
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, University of Auckland Repository

5 Alfred Street
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142 New Zealand