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Canterbury Gold Medal in Law

A gold medal, first presented by the Canterbury District Law Society in 1883, is awarded annually to the best student graduating LLB at Canterbury University.

Medals were originally awarded to barristers and to solicitors. The first awards, in 1883, were to T Hay (Barristers) and WC MacGregor (Solicitors).

The University's regulation for the award states that the award shall be made on the student's work and examination marks during the whole of [his or her] course. "The medal shall not necessarily be awarded in any year if, in the opinion of the Law Faculty, there is no student attaining to the required standard.

One of New Zealand's longest-standing academic prizes, the gold medal is now known as the Canterbury-Westland branch New Zealand Law Society Gold Medal in Law.

A complete list of winners is not available. The winners since 1952 are as follows:

YearWinnerYearWinner
1952EJ Somers1986PM Brown
1953KC James1987JA Black
1954JA Robertson/ILM Richardson1988SM Harray
1955JG Rutherford1989SP Baldwin
1956AB Harman1990MD Sinclair
1957PF Feenstra1991JF Anderson/TA Novitz
1958T Morton/St L Reeves1992MJ Sophocles
1959J Cadenhead1993JE Kirby
1960CJO'H Tobin1994NJ Rowe/SR Tomlinson
1961DJ Marshall1995G Smith
1962JF Burrows1996R Dunningham
1963WI Hooker1997CJR Baird
1964TP Hogan1998KM Crooks
1965KN Hampton1999PDF Oertly
1966APC Tipping2000BA Rennie
1967GF Orchard2001JE Hooker
1968PG Turbott2002AF Todd
1969LV North/AJ Forbes2003MT Bradley
1970JH Wily2004RAB Joseph
1971AMP Shea2005JS Shaerf
1972WJ Gough2006NL Leatham/ATB Joseph
1973No award2007AJ Messent
1974WGGA Young2008NK Caldwell
1975ED Wylie2009DMT Turner
1976JL Caldwell2010JE Dick
1977JR Morris2011AL Mitchell
1978PS Elliott2012SWP Woods
1979GO Lawn2013AGM Whalan
1980PG Watts2014Rosie Kós/Alison Chamberlain
1981DE Marriott2015Timothy Bain
1982RJM Granville Glover2016Kian Seng Looi
1983DJA Cairns/DEJ Currie2017Nichola Hodge/Jonathan Sanders
1984No award2018Victoria Squires
1985RG Forrester 

Last updated on the 15th October 2019