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John Cameron Yaldwyn (5373) and Elliot Watson Dawson (5298), who were both at College from 1944–1948 and in VI Form Group IIA in their final year, are an example of this. They are among the most prolific authors in the collection, both separately and together. Dr John Yaldwyn, a zoologist, was the Director of the National Museum from 1980–1989, and although his specialist interest was crustaceans, he also had an interest in New Zealand birds, archaeology and history. Elliot Dawson was the Senior Biologist at the New Zealand Oceanographic Institute from 1955–1990 and from 1981 an Honorary Research Associate at the National Museum which became Te Papa Tongarewa in 1992. The Harris Collection has 36 offprints associated with Yaldwyn and 23 associated with Dawson. Joint authorship of six show their shared interest in crabs, while another has an archaeological link. No archives report in 2021 would be complete without a mention of the Alert Level 4 and Level 3 lockdowns. This time, the notice was short and sharp, but due to some forward “just in case” planning, most of the information was at home to write both the next College article and continue background research into all manner of College events and people.

Above: Page 1 of the Proceedings of the International Crab Symposium in which Dawson and Yaldwyn provide a preliminary key to the identification of King Crabs, subsequent on increased information about their geographic range.


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