James Shelley

James ShelleyJames Shelley was the first Professor of New Zealand’s education. A former Chair of Education at Southampton University, he arrived in New Zealand in 1920.

James was the first lecturer in the History of Art and played a prominent role in expanding the Workers’ Educational Association. Shortly after arriving in Christchurch he established the Canterbury College Drama Society.

In 1927 he set up the Little Theatre in the Big Room of the former Boys’ High School building, which soon became the social centre of the university.