George Sale (academic)

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George Samuel Sale (1831 – 25 December 1922) was a notable New Zealand station manager, cricketer, newspaper editor, goldminer, public administrator and university professor.

Sale was born in Rugby, Warwickshire, England, in 1831.[1] He was educated at Rugby School and Cambridge University (Trinity College),[2] where he won the Members Latin Prize.[3]

In January 1864 he played in the first match of first-class cricket ever played in New Zealand, top-scoring for Canterbury with 15 not out against Otago.[4] He was a member of the County of Westland, representing the Hokitika riding from 10 December 1868 to 16 April 1869.[5]

He was the first editor of The Press in Christchurch, and was one of the three foundation professors of the University of Otago,[1] where he specialised in classics, particularly Greek and Latin.[3] He returned to England after he retired.[6]


  1. ^ a b Barsby, John. "George Samuel Sale". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Sale, George Samuel (SL850GS)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
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  4. ^ "Otago v Canterbury, 1863/64". Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  5. ^ Scholefield, Guy (1950) [1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. p. 243.
  6. ^ "Cricket Echoes". Star: 4. 12 December 1914.
Business positions
New title
Newspaper founded
Editor of The Press
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Joseph Colborne-Veel