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WH McLeod obituary by Tony Ballantyne

Posted in Articles by Pippa on September 5, 2009

New Zealand scholar and an authority on the history of Sikhism in The Guardian, Thursday 3 September 2009  

William Hewat McLeod, who has died aged 76, was a scholar whose life’s work helped transform the understanding of Sikhism. He produced a remarkable series of publications and was central in establishing Sikh studies as a distinctive field. Although his own work was careful, measured and judicious, it frequently provoked controversy.

Hew, as he was known, was born and raised in a farming family near Fielding, in New Zealand‘s North Island. He completed his schooling at Nelson college before attending the University of Otago, Dunedin, where he undertook a BA and then an MA in history. He also met Margaret Wylie there, and in May 1955 they got married.

Hew then began theological studies and in 1958, with his wife and son, Rory, joined the New Zealand Presbyterian church’s mission to Punjab. At Kharar, in Punjab, he learned Hindi and Punjabi as well as teaching English at the Christian Boys secondary school. He found that his lack of training as a language teacher and his New Zealand accent made this task difficult.

Read in full: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/03/w-h-mcleod-obituary

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Tributes to W. Hew McLeod 1932 – 2009

Posted in News/Information by Pippa on August 11, 2009

The Tribune Dedicated scholar of Sikhism by Roopinder Singh: http://www.tribuneindia.com/2009/20090723/edit.htm#7

Obituary by Prof Gurinder Singh Mann, University of California, Santa Barbara: http://www.global.ucsb.edu/punjab/mcleod.html

Reflections of The Sikh Studies Community Compiled by Tony Ballantyne & Jerry Barrier: http://www.sikhchic.com/our_best_friends/w_hew_mcleod_1932_2009_reflections_of_the_sikh_studies_community

Dr Hew McLeod: Bouquets & Brickbats By Gurmukh Singh: http://www.emgonline.co.uk/news.php?news=6762

The Passing of Hew McLeod: http://www.sikhnet.com/news/passing-hew-mcleod

Surjit Hans, The Hindustan Times: Hindustan Times 22 jul 09

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Studying the Sikhs – Hew Mcleod and Likhansar – A poem

Posted in Articles, Poetry and Literature by Pippa on July 22, 2009
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W. H. McLeod

Posted in News/Information by Pippa on July 22, 2009
Photo courtesy of Amarjit Chandan

Photo courtesy of Amarjit Chandan


It is with great sadness that we learnt that after a long illness Hew McLeod passed away on Monday 20 July. He was one of the most eminent scholars of Sikhism in the world and though for some he was controversial, no one can deny his phenomenal contribution to Sikh and Punjab Studies. May he finally rest in peace.

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Documentary: Hew McLeod: A Kiwi Sikh Historian

Posted in Film, News/Information by Pippa on July 15, 2009

The documentary, Hew McLeod: A Kiwi Sikh Historian, tells the story of a New Zealander who has spent a lifetime researching the Sikhs.

The documentary, which is being produced by Asia Downunder, is illustrated with archive footage, photographs and the religious art of the Sikhs and includes interviews with family, academics and New Zealand Sikhs.

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