The Spike: or, Victoria University College Review, June 1929
It is with deep regret that we record the death of Mrs. J. S. Brook, who, with her husband, who predeceased her, have been identified with the College since its erection in 1906. It was Mrs. Brook and Professor von Zedlitz who first saw the need for meals on the premises, and they started in a humble way in a small vacant room on the top floor. Since then the site of the tea-rooms has twice changed, until we have, as the result of Mrs. Brook's untiring efforts, the refreshment room of to-day. Mr. and Mrs. Brook were Devon stock, and were wonderful representatives of their county. In the death of Mrs. Brook the students of Victoria College, past and present, lost a sincere and generous friend.
Apparently J. C. Beaglehole's researches in the musty tomes of the British Museum and elsewhere have borne fruit. To-day he is Dr. Beaglehole, Ph.D., of the London University. With the help of a Post-Beagle Scholarship he has been working for the last two years at King's College and the Institute of Historical Research, London, the subject of his investigations being the relations between Downing Street and the colonial Governors, based on the instructions issued to Governors in the period 1783 to 1854, and his work has been highly commended by competent authorities in England. Last year, Smith College, America, published an essay of Dr. Beaglehole's entitled "Captain Hobson and the New Zealand Company a Study in Colonial Administration," written in the best ironical style Dr Beaglehole, who is still in London, has undertaken to write a volume on Pacific exploration in a new series to be published, and has other literary work in contemplation. We look forward to these feasts of reason and flows of soul.
At the beginning of the year, our President, Mr. E. F. Northcroft, deserted the blackberry pest in New Zealand for fresh scientific fields in the vicinity of Edinburgh. Mr. R. H. C. Mackenzie was elevated to the Presidency. The vacancy in the office of Vice-President was filled by Mr. G B Richardson. Mr. C. A. Steele succeeded Mr. Richardson as committeeman.
Another defaulter on the Executive was Mr. H. I. Forde, who resigned the secretaryship. His place was taken by Mr. W. E. Goodwin, and Mr. W. E. Wilson was appointed as committeeman.
Amidst tankards of tears from the Football and Social Service Club and in fact every other club in need, Mr. A. W. Miller, Treasurer of the Executive, Secretary of the Social Service Club, and the best of good fellows, departed on transfer to Napier. His place on the Executive was taken by Mr. E. K. Eastwood.page 48
Mr. R. M. Dalby is the winner of the latest 1851 Scholarship.
A national research scholarship and a travelling scholarship in science were collected in one fell swoop by Mr. F. W. G. White.
Mr. Fraser Mackenzie has been awarded a travelling scholarship in French, and is leaving in August to challenge the Parisians on their own ground.
Another science scholar to achieve fame this year is Mr. R. J. Cunningham, who has left for England on exchange from the Dominion Laboratory after winning a scholarship. The science wing has been working hard this year.
Mr. R. M. Campbell, M.A., LL.B., who left here two years ago on a post-graduate scholarship, has been awarded a Doctorate by the London University for a thesis and criticism on Empire Preference. Dr. Campbell is to continue his studies in America. He has been awarded a Commonwealth Fund Fellowship, tenable for two years at an American University. He will leave England for America about September.
At the end of the year Professor J. Garrow, who had been professor of English and International Law since 1911, resigned from the chair on account of ill-health. Professor Garrow has played a big part in building up the Law Faculty of Victoria College, and, in spite of his "Crimes Act" (annotated, with brass fittings and bevelled edges), he is remembered well as a learned man, a great teacher and a good friend. We are glad to report that since his retirement Professor Garrow has enjoyed much better health. His place has now been filled by Mr. H. H. Cornish, M.A., LL.M., who has joined the staff as a lecturer.