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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol 4, No. 6. June 18, 1941



Harry Sansum came to V.U.C. in 1926. A modest chap, his one outstanding achievement as' a student was the vigorous reorganisation of the then moribund Defence Rifle Club. As an ex-student, however, he continued to take a lively interest in student affairs, and in 1936 took over the position of Records Officer to the Association, which had been founded by A. T. S. McGhie.

From then until his departure overseas at the beginning of this year, with the exception of two periods of illness, Harry devoted all his spare time to creating order out of supreme chaos. Since the inception of the Association in 1904, no consistent attempt had been made to conserve the Association's correspondence, or any of its records.

Sansum assembled everything he could find—blocked up walls and ancient cupboards furnished treasure trove—and sorted it into Correspondence, Publications and Pictorial Records. His work was well on the way to completion when he had to hand it over to others. From the mass of moth-eaten material emerged a series of permanent files indexed for instant reference, with a printed guide. A schedule of all V.U.C.S.A. publications has been completed, and the assembling of a full set for permanent records set in train.

Working unobtrusively and untiringly, Harry Sansum is one to whom the phrase "working unremittingly at personal sacrifice" is particularly applicable. Although his frantic rush to complete the job was largely responsible for his breakdown last year, Harry would be the first to wish that his work should stand on its merits alone.

And his work is outstanding.