Volume 56 1947 > Volume 56, No. 1 > Johannes Carl Andersen, M.B.E., F.R.S. (N.Z.) Editor 1925-1947, p 1-2
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IN the December issue the Editor, Mr. Johannes C. Andersen, made his last bow upon relinquishing the editorship of the Journal. In this first issue in twenty-two years without his guiding hand, the new Editorial Committee think it appropriate to record the Society's deep indebtedness to Mr. Andersen for his devoted and very capable services over this long term. To the task he brought many faculties—a wide knowledge of Maori and Polynesian life and lore, a keen and critical mind that rejoiced in detail, a command of language in every form of writing, and a familiarity with the literature relating to the peoples of the Pacific, as well as of other parts of the world. He had grown up in the Canterbury Lands Office, and learned the essential of an ethnologist, that a people and the land are inseparably allied. He was Librarian of the Alexander Turnbull Library, the greatest storehouse of research material on the region of the Journal's interests, and he was already an authoritative writer on aspects of Maori life.

Under his guidance, and for part of that time in collaboration with Elsdon Best, and later Dr. H. D. Skinner, the Journal showed distinct improvement. In particular, illustrations were made much more a regular part of each number. The publishing of memoirs was renewed and extended, and the indexes of each volume became fuller and more valuable adjuncts to their contents.

One can only marvel that Mr. Andersen could achieve so much. His personal books continued to appear—in 1928 he produced four separate and considerable works. But he did not fail or falter, and both the Journal and its membership grew in size and esteem.

Now in his 75th year this eminent Dane can take rest—what rest his tireless energy will permit—away from Wellington and all the associations we know he loved so well. Rewards have come, apart from that of leisure in retirement these ten years: he was awarded the Hector - 2 Medal for Ethnology by the Royal Society in 1944, and was made a M.B.E. in 1938.

To him and to Mrs. Andersen, his cheerful and philosophic companion since those early Christchurch days, the Society tenders its sincerest good wishes for their happiness and weal in the quieter years that now are theirs. Students of Maori and Polynesian lore in New Zealand and overseas will join in this word of goodwill, in recognition of labours that may not be measured.