1815-1843

November 30, 1815, Thormanby, England.

March 19, 1843, Waimate, New Zealand.

Son of H. R. Whytehead, Rector of Crayke, Thomas was educated at Beverley Grammar School and St. John’s College, Cambridge (BA 1837). He won the Chancellor’s medal for English Verse twice, the Hulsean prize in 1835, and other awards. He was also twenty-second senior optime in the Mathematical Tripos, second in the first class in the Classical Tripos, and Foundation Fellow of his college in 1837. In 1838, he was classical lecturer at Clare College, but took Holy Orders the next year and left the university for the curacy of Freshwater, Isle of Wight. In 1841 he was appointed Chaplain to Dr. Selwyn, Bishop elect of New Zealand, and sailed for that country in 1842. He was appointed first Principal of the College which the Bishop established in New Zealand, but due to an aneurysm shortly after landing in New South Wales, he never held a position in New Zealand. The little time and strength he had left, he spent correcting the Maori translation of the Bible and Prayer Book. His works include:

  1. Last of Creation’s Days
  2. Sabbath of the Saints of Old