Remembering Gordon Ogilvie

It is with profound sadness that Canterbury University Press has received the news of the death of author Gordon Ogilvie who passed away on Monday 23 October.

Gordon Ogilvie

(Pictured above left) Gordon Ogilvie aged 11, exploring the Port Hills skyline above Horotane Valley; and (above right) some years later resting below Sugarloaf, Port Hills.

Publisher Catherine Montgomery says, ‘It has been a great privilege to work with Gordon on his last book Place Names of Banks Peninsula and the Port Hills. Gordon was a delightful person with an irrepressible sense of humour who worked with great courage and determination to finish this book in spite of his failing health. We will treasure many happy memories, especially of his book launch in August where he was surrounded by family and friends.’

Gordon Ogilvie achieved great acclaim as an author of award-winning regional histories. In 1998 he received an Arts Excellence Award from the Canterbury Community Trust and was included by the Society of Authors in the Christchurch ‘Writers’ Trail’. Two year later he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Canterbury, and in 2007 received an ONZM for service to historical research and writing.

Read the  recent press release about  Place Names of Banks Peninsula and the Port Hills>