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Biographical entry Hector, James



(Sir) James Hector was sometime Director-General of the Geological Survey of Western Australia.

Archival resources

Western Australian Museum

  • James Hector - Records, 1860 - 1891; Western Australian Museum. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Burns, Rowan and Nathan, Simon, My Dear Hooker: Transcriptions of Letters From James Hector to Joseph Dalton Hooker Between 1860 and 1898, Geoscience Society of New Zealand, Lower Hutt, N.Z., 2012, 208 pp. Details
  • Burns, Rowan and Nathan, Simon, A Quick Run Home: Correspondence While James Hector was Overseas in 1875-1876, Geoscience Society of New Zealand, Lower Hutt, N.Z, 2012, 142 pp. Details
  • Mildenhall, Esme and Nathan, Simon, Letters From James Farmer to James Hector, 1876-1891, Geoscience Society of New Zealand, Wellington, 2013, 133 pp. Details
  • Nathan, Simon, James Hector: explorer, scientist, leader, Geoscience Society of New Zealand, Takaka, N.Z., 2015, 264 pp. Details
  • Nolden, Sascha, Burns, Rowan and Nathan, Simon, The Correspondence of Julius Haast and James Hector, 1862-1887, Geoscience Society of New Zealand, Lower Hutt (N.Z.), 2012, 315 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Mason, Alan, 'Sir James Hector, 1834-1907', in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004. Details

Edited Books

  • Nathan, Simon (ed.), The Amazing World of James Hector: Explorer, Geologist, Botanist, Natural Historian, Surgeon, Awa Press, Wellington, 2008, 185 pp. Details
  • Yaldwyn, John and Hobbs, Juliet (eds), My Dear Hector: Letters from Joseph Dalton Hooker to James Hector, 1862-1893, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, 1998, 292 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Darragh, Thomas A., 'Charles Sturtevant Wood, Analyst, his Work and his Correspondence with James Hector', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 7, no. 3, 1988, pp. 231-271. Also available at Details
  • Hocken, A. G., 'The establishment of James Hector in Otago', Historical Studies Group Newsletter (Geological Society of New Zealand), vol. 31, 2006, pp. 36-50. Details
  • Loosmore, Brian, 'James Hector (1834-1907): Doctor, Geologist, Explorer of Western Canada', Journal of Medical Biography, vol. 17, no. 3, 2009, pp. 174-176. Details
  • Nathan, Simon, 'James Hector and the First Geological Maps of New Zealand', Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, vol. 44, no. 2/3, 2014, pp. 88-100. Details
  • Thode, Simon, 'Bones and Words in 1870s New Zealand: the Moahunter Debate through Actor Networks ', British Journal for the History of Science , vol. 42, no. 2, 2009, pp. 225-244. Details


  • Burnett, R. I., 'The life and work of Sir James Hector, with special reference to the Hector collection', MA thesis, University of Otago, 1936, 174, lxxxvii pp. Details
  • Hocken, A. G., 'The early life of James Hector, 1834-1865: the first Otago Provincial Geologist', PhD thesis, University of Otago, 2007, 334 pp. Details
  • Reid, Francis Lucian, 'The Province of Science: James Hector and the New Zealand Institute 1867-1903', PhD thesis, 2007, 210 pp. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Mildenhall, E., Burns, Rowan and Nathan, Simon, Transcriptions of Selected Letters From Frederick Wollaston Hutton to James Hector and Julius Haast, Geoscience Society of New Zealand, Lower Hutt (N.Z), 2012, 141 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J.