Story: Best, Elsdon

Fellow ethnologists Elsdon Best (left) and Percy Smith, 1908

Fellow ethnologists Elsdon Best (left) and Percy Smith, 1908

In 1891 Percy Smith invited Elsdon Best to Wellington to discuss the formation of a society for the study of Polynesian history and culture; they were both foundation members of the Polynesian Society in 1892.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Crompton-Smith Collection (PAColl-4073)
Reference: 1/2-028237; F

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How to cite this page:

Jeffrey Sissons. 'Best, Elsdon', first published in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, vol. 2, 1993. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/2b20/best-elsdon (accessed 22 October 2017)