George William von Zedlitz

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George William Edward Ernest von Zedlitz (1871–1949) was a New Zealand professor of modern languages.

Von Zedlitz was born in 1871 at Herrmannswaldau, which at the time was located in Germany.[1] His mother was an Englishwoman and he was raised principally in England. His father was Sigismund Freiherr von Zedlitz and Neukirch 1838-1903 see German Wikipedia.

The fifth professor to be appointed to Victoria University of Wellington, he was also the official government translator. After the outbreak of the First World War, the university rebuffed the government's request to dismiss him, leading to the passing of the Alien Enemy Teachers Act 1915 which removed him from his post. In 1936 he was made professor emeritus, and elected to the Senate of the University of New Zealand.[2]


  1. ^ McLintock, A. H. (23 November 2011). "ZEDLITZ (-NEUKIRK), George William Edward Ernest von". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Beaglehole, Tim. "George William Edward Ernest von Zedlitz". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved December 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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