Dr Hocken’s original collection
Now housed as the Hocken Collections on Anzac Avenue, Dr Hocken’s original gift remains at the heart of an ever-expanding collection informed by the scope and vision of that foundation and its collector.
Explore here digitised items from the original bequest, and glimpse at life in nineteenth century Aotearoa New Zealand as captured by Dr Hocken.
Check back regularly as we continue to digitise from the original collection and showcase it here.History / BiographyThomas Morland Hocken was born in 1836 in England, qualifying in medicine in 1856 and working as a ship’s surgeon until settling in Dunedin in 1862 and setting up a thriving medical practice.
A foundation president of the Otago Medical Association, inaugural president of the New Zealand Medical Association and Dunedin Coroner from 1862, Hocken was an energetic part of Dunedin professionally and socially; and increasingly part of wider NZ scholarship circles.
Dr Hocken was a dedicated, enthusiastic and tireless scholar and collector, sharing his knowledge widely through lectures, exhibitions, his own books and writings and the important Bibliography of Literature relating to New Zealand, published in 1909.
His legacy continues to expand and thrive.
Collection SummaryExplore highlights from the Hocken’s foundation collection
[... Ko Tauwaki, a chief of Tukanu; Ko Teonionga, a boy of Te Raupo, Taupo Lake. George French Angas del.t & lithog. pl 41]
[Poahu and E Koti. Two lads of Poverty Bay. Children of Te Pakaru, the principal chief of Kaiohia. George French Angas del.t & lithog. pl 33]
[A tangi, or meeting of friends. Mount Egmont in the distance. George French Angas del.t J.W. Giles. pl 52]
City of Wellington, New Zealand. W. Richardson lith from a sketch by L. Nattrass. Published for the proprietor at Huggins’ Marine Mart 105 Leadenhall St London. Printed by Dean & Munday Threadneedle St
Heads of New Zealand chiefs curiously tatowed. A New Zealand war canoe. Engraved for Middleton’s Complete System of Geography. ca 1790
Sketch of the chief Hone Heke Pokai ca 1845. E.M.H. [Copied by E.M. Hocken after John Alexander Gilfillan]