Burial register ID: 15873
Surname: WHITE
First name: DAVID
Middle names: RENFREW
Gender: Male
Age: 90 Years
Cause of death: Unknown
Burial type:
Date of death: 28-Oct-1937
Date of burial: 29-Oct-1937

Block: 7
Plot: 4

Bio contributor: Historic Cemeteries Conservation Trust

David White was one of New Zealand’s foremost educators. Born in Edinburgh in 1847, White was the son of a carpenter.

The family emigrated to Hobart and, in 1862, to Otago where David spent some years working for a seedsman. He participated in the West Coast gold rushes in 1866 and then returned to Dunedin to study as a teacher. He taught at various schools in Dunedin – in 1878 he became the first secretary of the Otago Educational Institute – and in 1883 was the founder and first secretary of the New Zealand Educational Institute.

He also contributed to the training of teachers and from 1892, as a member of the University Council, sought to strengthen the links between the University and the Training College. He was appointed principal of the college in 1898, and in 1904 the first lecturer in education at the University. In 1909 he was appointed the honorary first professor of education.

David Renfrew White after his retirement
Source: Margaret Titchener

There are 7 Interments in this grave:

Surname First names Age Date of death Date of burial
WHITE AGNES 66 Years 01-Jul-1882 03-Jul-1882
WHITE BABY 0 Days 05-Dec-1885 05-Dec-1885
WHITE CHRISTINA 45 Years 02-Feb-1902 04-Feb-1902
WHITE DAVID RENFREW 90 Years 28-Oct-1937 29-Oct-1937
WHITE IDA GWENDOLINE 89 Years 15-Apr-1976 17-Apr-1976
WHITE IDA MACFARLANE 88 Years 23-Jul-1944 24-Jul-1944
WHITE JAMES WILSON 79 Years 28-Jun-1890 01-Jul-1890