Harry Skinner (ethnologist)
Henry Devenish Skinner
18 December 1886
New Plymouth, New Zealand
|Died||9 February 1978 (aged 91)|
Dunedin, New Zealand
|Awards||Parker Memorial Prize|
Percy Smith Prize in Anthropology (1925)
Hector Memorial Medal and Prize (1926)
Andre Medal (1936)
Honorary LittD Otago (1962)
University of Otago
|Relatives||William Skinner (father)|
Henry Devenish Skinner CBE DCM (18 December 1886 – 9 February 1978), known as Harry Skinner or H.D. Skinner, was a notable New Zealand soldier, ethnologist, university lecturer, museum curator and director, librarian. The son of William Skinner, he was born in New Plymouth in 1886.
The H.D. Skinner Annex of the Otago Museum, formerly the Dunedin North Post Office, was opened in August 2013, and named in honour of Skinner. During his time at the museum, Skinner was responsible for adding more than 65,000 objects to the humanities collections, including purchasing a piece of HMS Bounty from one of Fletcher Christian's direct descendants.
Skinner was one of 24,000 Anzac soldiers wounded at Gallipoli. In 2015, the Otago Museum opened the exhibition "Surviving Chunuk Bair: H. D. Skinner at Gallipoli'' using objects loaned by the Skinner family, including a sewing kit, medals, letters and photographs.
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