Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Henry Arnold Tubbs

The biographical history of Henry Arnold Tubbs (Talbot-Tubbs from at least 1897), one of the BSA students, is unclear. He was born in Lancashire in 1865, and was a scholar at Pembroke College, Oxford (1883-87). Tubbs was awarded a Craven Fellowship and admitted to the BSA for two sessions (1888-89, 1889-90) to work with Ernest Gardner on Cyprus (Cyprus Exploration Fund). During the 1890 season of excavations he had to leave the island to take up office in the Department of Classics at University College, Auckland, New Zealand. He was made a full professor in February 1894 (initially for a period of five years, to 1899).

His time in Auckland was not easy. In January 1896 he was due to have been married in Sydney; however he sustained serious injuries and the marriage was unable to proceed.

Tubbs remained in office until 1907 when he was dismissed. In December 1907 Tubbs (named as Henry Arnold Talbot Tubbs) went to the Supreme Court in Auckland seeking £700 in damages ('Professor claims damages', [Auckland] Evening Post 3 December 1907; 'Professor and university', Otago Witness, 11 December 1907).

In later life he seems to have moved to Australia (New South Wales and Queensland).

Lectures for the Royal Society of New Zealand:
  • '"A", a Passage in Archaeology', 30 June 1897 [details] (history and development of alphabetic writing)
  • 'Greek Painted Vases: their Importance, Form, and Design', 19 August 1901 [details]


Silverkiwi said...

Henry Arnold Talbot Tubbs married Ethel Caroline King in 1896.

They had 2 sons and 2 daughters.

He died in Sydney, Australia on 26 December 1943, destitute.

Silverkiwi said...

Professor Henry Arnold Talbot Tubbs married Ethel Caroline King in 1896 in Sydney, Australia.

They had 2 sons & 2 daughters, all born in New Zealand between 1897 and 1905

Professor Talbot Tubbs died in Sydney on 26 December 1943

Unknown said...

Professor Talbot Tubbs emerges in the courtship correspondence of Vance and Nettie Palmer I am currently editing. He was incarcerated at the Goodna Insane Asylum, in Brisbane, and when released in about 1913 went to Melbourne. In the 1920s he was active in the Lunacy Reform League in Australia. Nettie Higgins provides a sympathetic portrait of the mind of a genius.

David Gill said...

Thank you for this comment. Do have a look at the biographical entry in my Sifting the Soil of Greece, p.397.