The New Zealand Literary and Historical Association was established in 1899 with the aim of promoting an interest in New Zealand history and literature. The association was responsible for publishing New Zealand Illustrated Magazine, and it also held regular meetings where lectures on the history of the country were presented. The council of the association, shown here, included several teachers at Auckland Grammar School – James Hight (back row, second from left), who soon after became professor of history at Canterbury College; H. J. D. Mahon (front row, centre), who eventually became headmaster; and the college minister, J. K. Davis (back row, third from left). Others shown here included Thomas Cottle (back row, third from right), a published novelist and editor of New Zealand Illustrated Magazine; F. Rollett (front left), a New Zealand Herald journalist; and E. A. Mackechnie (front right), a lawyer of literary tastes.
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Reference: New Zealand Illustrated Magazine, 1 June 1900, p.20
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