McCully Hugh

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Hugh S McCully 1878-1967

McCully was a Canterbury farmer and amateur archaeologist. His papers are about sites and finds in the area with a particular emphasis on stone tools. He also had a reputation as an inventor.

In the Canterbury Museum is a mōkihi (raft canoe) made from raupō. This mōkihi was made at Temuka in 1950 by Pita Paipeta of Arowhenua, assisted by Hugh McCully.

McCully guided T L Buick to the moa-hunter sites in the area and appears in Buick's resulting book [1], particularly chapter V.

He contributed to anthropological sections of science conferences speaking on stone tools [2] [3].

McCully's collection was housed in a 'whare' in his back yard. The collection was sold and dispersed on his death, though recently a substantial component was presented to the South Canterbury Museum by the family of one of the purchasers [4].


Bibliography

1941 Stone Tools Made and Used by The Maori. Suggested Method of their Manufacture, Journal of the Polynesian Society 50:185-210.

1943 The Term "Unfinished" as Applied to Adzes, Journal of the Polynesian Society 52:204-406.

1943 A Multiple-Edged Tool, Journal of the Polynesian Society 52:206-9.

1947 Stone Tools Made From Quarried Material, Journal of the Polynesian Society 56:55-57.

1948 Stone Tools. The Flake, Journal of the Polynesian Society 57:46-56.

1953 In Quest of Rauru, Journal of the Polynesian Society 62:410-411.


References

  1. Buick, T L 1937 The Moa-Hunters of New Zealand: Sportsman of the Stone Age. Thomas Avery, New Plymouth. Online
  2. Anon. 1935 Minutes and Proceedings of the Fifth Science Congress of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Anthropology Section II. Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand 65:453-453. Online
  3. Anon. 1947 N.Z. Science Conference Section J Enthnological Sciences. Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand 77:357-358. Online
  4. Samson, J. O. 2003 Cultures of collecting: Maori curio collecting in Murihiku, 1865-1975 : a dissertation submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand: 111, 156-7.