Russell Stone

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Russell Stone
Born (1923-04-07) 7 April 1923 (age 95)
Auckland, New Zealand
Alma mater University of Auckland
Known for History of Auckland
Scientific career
Fields History
Institutions University of Auckland
Thesis Auckland business and businessmen in the 1880s (1969)

Russell Cyril James Stone ONZM (born 7 April 1923)[1] is a New Zealand historian,[2] author and professor emeritus at the University of Auckland. He is the leading authority on the history of Auckland and has written nine books on early Auckland history.[3]

Born in the Auckland suburb of Mount Eden in 1923,[4] Stone graduated from Auckland University College with a BA in 1945 and an MA with first-class honours in 1949.[5] After working as a secondary-school teacher, Stone was appointed to the staff of the history department at the University of Auckland in 1964,[6] and completed a PhD in history in 1969. His thesis was titled Auckland business and businessmen in the 1880s.[7] He retired in 1989 and was granted the title of professor emeritus.[8]

In 1881 John Logan Campbell's memoirs were published, and Stone republished these long out-of-print tales in his book: Poenamo: Romance and Reality of Antipodean Life in the Infancy of a New Colony. Stone had earlier written a two-volume life of John Logan Campbell:

  • Young Logan Campbell (1982)[9]
  • The Father and his Gift: John Logan Campbell's Later Years (1987)[10]

In the 2002 New Year Honours Stone was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to historical research.[11] He was the joint winner of the biennial J.M. Sherrard Award in New Zealand local and regional history in 2004, for his book From Tamaki-Makau-rau to Auckland, published in 2001.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Stone has three children, and two grandchildren.


  1. ^ Gaster, Adrian (1977). The international authors and writers who's who. International Biographical Centre. p. 984. ISBN 090033245X. 
  2. ^ "A place apart". The New Zealand Herald. 23 August 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Roughan, John (29 September 2012). "Auckland's historic treasure". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Births". Auckland Star. 10 April 1923. p. 1. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "NZ university graduates 1870–1961: Sl–Sz". Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Emeritus professor's history wins biennial prize". Scoop Independent News. 8 April 2004. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Library search". University of Auckland. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  8. ^ University of Auckland Calendar 1992 (PDF). p. 19. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  9. ^ Stone, R. C. J. (1982). Young Logan Campbell. Auckland University Press. p. 286. ISBN 9780196480190. 
  10. ^ Stone, R. C. J. (1987). The Father and his Gift: John Logan Campbell's Later Years. Auckland University Press. p. 310. ISBN 9781869400163. 
  11. ^ "New Year honours list 2002". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2001. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 

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