Emeritus Professor George W Hinde

14 October 2014
Emeritus Professor George W Hinde
Emeritus Professor George W Hinde

By Kenneth Palmer

It is with sadness that the Faculty notes the passing of an esteemed former colleague, Emeritus Professor George Hinde, who passed away on 9 October.

George has a long record of service with the Faculty dating back to the 1960s and he is very fondly remembered by the longer-serving members of the team.

As a foundation member of the Law School when it transitioned from part-time to full-time student attendance and full-time academic staff, it is not an exaggeration to say that he helped shape the Auckland Law School as it is today.

He was on the staff for 26 years between 1961 and 1987 and is remembered and celebrated for his monumental contributions as author and teacher of Land Law, Equity and Taxation.

Former colleagues recall: “He was a meticulous scholar and rigorous grammarian. George tried to conceal a delicious sense of humour; luckily a lot of it shone through and was enjoyed by several generations of his students and colleagues. He will be remembered for his collegiality and for his quiet wit and boisterous laugh, as well as for his academic contributions.”

George was first appointed a Senior Lecturer in Law, and in 1968, after one year at Canterbury Law School as a professor, he returned to Auckland to take up the fourth professorial chair. His consuming academic interest was in the subject of New Zealand Land Law and he was the primary author of a series of authoritative texts on the subject. He was awarded an LLD from Auckland University for his academic writings in 1981.

Following retirement from the Auckland Law School, George took up a position of Professor of Law at Bond University in Queensland for a number of years. He later returned to Auckland to practice as a barrister, mainly undertaking opinion work, and devoting much energy to new editions of the Land Law publications. His prodigious dedication to this area continued up until his death.

Dr Hinde is survived by his wife Marian, whom he met at the Law School.