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The New Zealand Alpine Club was formed in 1891 and between the years 1892-1896 no obituaries were recorded in the Club’s annual Alpine Journal. While the Club itself ticked along over the ensuing years, the Journal was not published again until March of 1921. It is from March of 1921 onwards that the recording of members who had passed began.

Excerpt from the March 1921 Alpine Journal

“Time passes on. Twenty-five years have elapsed since the Alpine Journal last appeared and during that time many of our climbers, old and young, have crossed over the Great Divide to the “other side”. the war has cut deeply into the younger men, but Death has also levied its toll of the pioneers and of the older generation of climbers. Our list is not by any means complete, but we intend to refer to a few.” 

Members who are known to have lost their lives in the Great Wars

“At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”


Corporal William Brass (born 1888) killed in the Dardanelles during the Gallipoli campaign

John Robert Murrell (born 1886) killed 1918 near Gouzecourt Wood, France

James Robert Dennistoun was wounded and taken prisoner. He died in a German Hospital 1916

Second Lieutenant A. E. (Arthur) Talbot was 41 when he died at the Battle of Passchendaele on October 12, 1917.


Sergeant-Pilot Rod Finlayson; Sergeant-Pilot Arthur Wilson; Sergeant-Pilot Allan Edwards; Captain Patrick Lynch; 2ndLieutenant Robert Lee; Major Brian Wyn Irwin; Private Frank Keen; Sergeant Frank Dawson; Nevile Barker; Sergeant Markham Lysons; Corporal Jack Berry; Flying Officer Bob Clark-Hall; Jack Drawbridge

A full list of the above-named with further information may be viewed here as a PDF (97kb)

Member names relating to their obituary notices in the Alpine Journals 1892-1987 volumes 1-40 are included in our current Journal index. Pages from that index are available here in PDF format: Obituaries 1891-1987 (PDF 790kb)

As a new edition of the index has not been published since 1987, the names of members who have passed from 1988 onwards are listed below in PDF format. An obituary for the following member who did not happen to be recorded in the NZAC Journal was Vivian Ian Edgar Whitehead 1915-1990

Obituaries from NZ Alpine Journals_1988_2018

Sample obituary from NZAC Alpine Journal June 1939, volume VIII No. 26, pages 118-123

“In H F Wright, the Club has lost one of its greatest figures. As a mountaineer, he had a magnificent record, and no member could have played a more important part in the affairs of the Club.

The son of a schoolmaster on the Otago goldfields, he was born at Naseby in 1866. His childhood on the goldfields seems to have stamped him with vigorous self-reliance, and from this period his appreciation of Nature seems to date…..

…His notable climbs include the first ascent of Arrowsmith, the first complete ascent of the Linda route on Cook, and the first ascents of Coronet and Meeson. He also took part in the second ascent of Davids Dome and the attempt on La Perouse, which yielded the first ascent of Jellicoe and Lowe…”

Obtaining copies of articles, or Journals

A full set of NZAC Journals is available for viewing at the NZAC National Office, Christchurch, NZ in the reference library.

Many past Journals are available for purchase. Please see this web page for further information and also a link to the shop. Journal Information

Please contact Margaret at the National Office for more information.

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