Mervyn Ansley Bull, Rector 1947-1964

By TBHS | Posted: Wednesday April 14, 2021

Scholar, Teacher, Soldier, Churchman, Gentleman

Timaru Boys' High School was delighted to host a very special assembly on Wednesday 31 March, one that saw the unveiling of a wonderful bronze sculpture of a much loved Rector, Mr Mervyn Bull.

Sculptor Margriet Windhausen is to be congratulated on the remarkable likeness to the previous Rector and sincere thanks are extended to Bruce Lund who commissioned and donated the sculpture.  Bruce was a pupil at the school when Mr Bull was Rector. 

We were privileged to have in attendance for the unveiling, Dr Robert Bull, son of Merv Bull who journeyed down from Nelson.  His presence was very much appreciated.

A snippet from the plaque:

Mervyn Bull's seventeen years as Rector were a period of growth and progress in the school and the hostel.  He was efficient and forthright.  He knew every boy by name.  His homilies to the boarders at Sunday night services left lasting memories.  He coped firmly with the entrenched views of the older staff and he was an admired mentor of teachers.  He maintained a teaching presence in the classroom through his career.

Outside the school, he had strong community involvement.  He was a respected lay preacher in the Methodist Church and took leadership roles within the Rotary Club.  Professionally, he served as National President of the Post Primary Teachers' Association.

The school is grateful to Mr Lund for his ongoing generosity to the school.

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