John Macmillan Brown

b231-brown-john-macmillan-atl-2John Macmillan Brown was one of New Zealand’s great educational pioneers. In 1874, he was selected as professor of English and Classics at Canterbury College, one of three foundation chairs.

Five years later the duties of this double chair were rearranged and he taught English history and English literature until 1895, when he resigned on account of ill health.

His commanding personality contributed to his reputation as one of the most outstanding university teachers in New Zealand before 1900.  He was also one of the first practical pioneers in Australasia of higher education for women.

Upon retiring in 1895, John became a member and chancellor of the senate of the University of New Zealand where he devoted himself to Pacific studies.