The Maling, Chrystall and Somes Prizes
The Maling Memorial Prize for Outstanding Service to the School
Mrs Agnes Gertrude Maling established this fund in 1955 in memory of her husband Thomas James Maling (748) who was at College from May 1877–85. Maling was the son of Thomas Maling and Rosa Harper, and thus the grandson of Bishop Harper and his wife Emily on his mother’s side and of Admiral Maling on his father’s side.
He began his College career in the Lower First Form and gradually moved, one class at a time, to the Upper 5th Form. He planned to take an arts degree at Canterbury University College but, as his obituary in the December 1952 Christ’s College Register explains, there was a financial setback which meant there were no further funds for his education. He worked briefly for the Bank of Australasia and then for George Pinckney at Orari Bridge, before becoming manager at Four Peaks Station west of Geraldine. After a fire on his land at Arapawa Island in Queen Charlotte Sound left him with only the clothes he stood up in and two dogs, he turned to mustering.
In 1895 he went to England and then in 1898, when he returned, he and a friend formed Maling and Shallcrass, stock agents and auctioneers in Geraldine. He was a member of the Geraldine Mounted Rifles when he offered to serve in the South African War, and from 1901–1902 he was a lieutenant with the 10th contingent. He received the Queen’s South Africa Medal with the South Africa 1902 clasp.
In 1919, his firm amalgamated with Guiness and Le Cren of Timaru and from 1918–20 he was Mayor of Timaru. Guinness and Le Cren then amalgamated with Pyne and Company, forming Pyne, Gould, Guiness Ltd, and Maling moved to Christchurch and ultimately became Managing Director and latterly Chairman of the Directorate.
Not content with work alone, Maling was a Fellow of Christ’s College from 1927–50 and a Church Property Trustee, and was involved with the Mclean Institute. He also held directorships with the NZ Shipping Company, Mason Struthers and Company and the Dominion Life Insurance Company. In 1951 he was awarded an OBE in the Birthday Honours List.
Thomas James Maling. Christ’s College Board Photograph Collection. Click here to view full image
The HM Chrystall Prize for All Round Merit in Sport and Scholarship
Harvey Maitland Chrystall (1808) endowed this annual prize in 1967.
Chrystall was at College from 1898–1907 and was Head Prefect in 1906 and 1907. He distinguished himself as a sportsman. He captained the 1st XI in 1907, having played in the team for the two previous years. He was half back and five-eighths in the 1st XV for the same period of time. In 1906 he was a member of the Shooting VIII. He was also first in the school in Mathematics in 1906, a feat which he repeated the following year.
He spent 1908–10 at Canterbury University College studying for the Certificate of Associate of the School of Engineering and played for the New Zealand Universities XV in 1911. In early November 1912 he was in London on his way to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he planned to further his studies in civil engineering, with special reference to irrigation and concrete construction. He enrolled in the Michaelmas term in 1912 in Mechanical Engineering, kept terms for the Lent and Easter terms of 1913, and played cricket and rugby for the college.
By 1914 he was in southern Nigeria as the chief draughtsman of the Eastern Railway and River Port Scheme based at Port Harcourt in the Niger Delta.
According to the Press of 17 April 1915, Chrystall was commissioned in the Royal Naval Division and was on his way to the Dardenelles. This was a Naval Division that fought as infantry. Wounded on 5 May 1915, he was invalided to hospital in Alexandria, but returned to Cape Helles after being transferred to HQ VIII Army Corps as a staff captain, where his duty was “in connection with the preparation of maps and diagrams from aerial photographs, including topographical survey analyses.”
In May 1916, when the Corps was back in Egypt he was diagnosed with neurasthenia (shell shock) and was sent to England to recuperate, spending time at both Chatham and the Naval Hospital at Great Yarmouth. A letter published in the April 1918 College Register indicated he had “regained his health almost completely after a long and serious illness, following on shell shock.” He was recommissioned in the Royal Engineers and wrote “cheerfully from France where he is at the front doing highly technical and indispensable work of map surveying, sound ranging etc.”
He was discharged in 1919 and worked briefly in British Guiana before returning to Christchurch and establishing himself as a consulting engineer. His obituary records he was a member of the Lyttelton Harbour Board and “always an enthusiastic Old Boy.” He was the Old Boys’ Association Secretary in 1911 and served on the committee for a number of years. He was also a foundation member of the Old Collegians Cricket Club.
During the Second World War he served in the Home Defence Force and moved to Auckland where he worked as a designing engineer. He died on 11 July 1967.
Harvey Maitland Chrystall (captain, centre) with Harry Saunders (2167) (left) and John Stanley Beetham Bruges (1859) (right). Members of the 1st XI, 1906.
The Somes Prize for Outstanding Overall contribution to the Arts and General Scholarship
This prize was first awarded in 2005. It is named for Maria Somes, whose orginal land purchase from the Canterbury Association in Lyttelton has endowed scholarships and exhibitions since College’s beginning. Maria Somes’s husband was Sir Joseph Somes MP, one of the leading figures in the New Zealand Company. Matiu/Somes Island in Wellington Harbour is named after him. Throughout her long life (she lived until she was 95) Maria Somes expected, and received, reports on the progress of College.
 Archives New Zealand Reference T J Maling AABK 18805 W5515 0003697.
 Otago Witness 16 April 1919.
 Some sources say 1917–1919.
 Christ’s College Register, December 1952, pp896–897.
 Goode, Amanda. Pers comm 26 September 2019, Archivist, Emmanuel College.
 Harper, G with C Clement and R Johns (2019) For King and Other Countries. Massey University Press, pp227–228.
 Quoted in Akers, C (2016) Balls, Bullets and Boots. New Zealand Rugby Museum, p79, from the original source held at the Auckland Museum Call No MS532.
 Christ’s College Register April 1918, p36.
 See also Harper, G (2019) pp226–228.
 Christ’s College Register December 1967, p557.
 Teal, FJ (2019) Maria Founds the Somes Scholarships. College 36: pp76–79.