Story: Regional cultural life

Thomas Morland Hocken with a Māori carving (1st of 2)

Thomas Morland Hocken with a Māori carving

Thomas Morland Hocken was a Dunedin doctor who developed a passion for collecting objects of Māori and Pacific ethnology and books pertinent to the history of New Zealand. He gave his ethnological collections to the Otago Museum, and his books formed the basis of the Hocken Library, which opened in 1910, the year of his death. Hocken's collections and his public lectures helped inspire an interest in history among the Dunedin community during the late 19th century.

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Pip Howells, 'Regional cultural life - Early regional arts and culture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 November 2020)

Story by Pip Howells, published 22 Oct 2014