Pinney Collection: Robert Pinney papers

Scope and Content

The papers contain:

  • Biographical material
  • Family correspondence
  • Lecture notes
  • Family history notes
  • Photographs and press cuttings
  • Draft manuscripts
  • Obituaries of Robert Pinney

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Pinney (1907-1989) was born in Dublin, son of Sir Reginald John Pinney and Lady Hester Pinney, educated in Sussex at Copthorne School and Balliol College, Oxford, where he was President of the Boys' Cricket Club and represented Balliol at Football, Rugby, Cricket and Athletics. In 1929 he sailed to New Zealand to take up a position teaching at Christ's College, Christchurch, becoming a vagrant labourer during the early 1930s before buying Glen Ngaio and beginning the life of a farmer in 1935. He married Anne Starkey in 1936. His first son, Bernard, was born in 1937, and his second son, Philip, was born in 1939. In 1939 he enlisted in the Army, and left New Zealand for Suez in 1941, served in Africa and Europe, and returned to his Glen Ngaio farm in 1945. He later became a historical author in Peel Forest, New Zealand.

Access Information

Accessible to all bona fide readers.

Acquisition Information

On deposit from the Pinney Family.

Other Finding Aids

Typescript catalogue available in Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to copy must be obtained from the University of Bristol Information Services - Special Collections.