Ohinemuri Regional History Journal 8, October 1967


who farmed for many years is now in the Office at the Hauraki Concrete Works, but fishing is his chief recreation as his boat testifies. He and his wife have a Batch at Tairua so the new road has cut down their travelling time. They frequently smoke their own catch and are no strangers to an all-night fishing expedition.


a veteran of World War I is still a Bushman at heart, butaChain-saw has replaced the Crosscut. Since losing his wife he has lived in a Pensioner Flat at Te Aroha but still delights in a "good job well done", and enjoys days in the country, or on the coast with a rod.

PROFESSOR J. A. BARTRUM, B.Sc.[M.Sc. - E], (1885-1949)

had an outstanding academic career. The son of a South Island farmer and second in a family of 7, he was taught at home till the age of 9, two years later winning a Scholarship to Timaru Boys High School. From there he obtained a Senior Scholarship to Christchurch Boys High and proceeded to Otago University in 1904 taking Mining, Metallurgy and Geology for the Associateship of the Otago School of Mines as well as the University Course for B.Sc. He was Senior Scholar in Physics and later obtained his M.Sc. with 1st Class Honours in Geology, completing all courses in 4 years.

On graduating he joined the Geological Survey, had 2 years teaching at Lincoln College, after which he rejoined the Survey until he was appointed lecturer in Geology at Auckland University College in 1914, and then to the newly formed Chair of Geology there in 1926, which position he held until his death on 8th June 1949. He had become a Fellow of the Geological Society of London (1928), of the Geo. Soc. of America (1929) gaining the Hector Award and the Hutton Medal. He published more than 80 papers on various aspects of Geology. As a Professor he was an excellent teacher, and devoted to the welfare of his students by whom he was greatly beloved.

He was also an ardent Rugby footballer and a member of University's most famous side, travelling with it to Australia. Well known as a Rugby coach and executive officer he was also intimately connected with Takapuna Tennis Club and the Auckland Tennis Association.

Professor Bartrum had one son and 3 daughters; his son, Dr. Jock Bartrum being particularly well known in Paeroa where he practised for 17 years following many of the interests of his father. He is likewise held in the highest esteem, not only for his ability, but also for his community spirit and his unfailing courage. We are the richer that such men have passed this way.


Served his apprenticeship at Akrad in Waihi but his home is at Mercury Bay. A severe accident threatened his life and career but his tremendous courage and flair for research and writing point to a promising future.