Tribute to Sebastian Glasson (Buster)

Sebastian Glasson (Buster) BA Hons 1st Class PPE, Otago, Selwyn College 2012 & 2013, passed away on Wednesday 9th August 2017 in Dunedin aged 23 years.

Sebastian was a proud third generation Selwynite. He was resident in Richardson House in his first year, and Dundas House in his second. He is remembered for his acerbic wit, sharp sense of humour and love of politics and philosophy.

Sebastian developed several close friendships during his time at Selwyn, and made a great impact on College life. He was leader of the haka, and responsible for updating its words and actions. He was instrumental in the College receiving its Maori name, “Te Maru Pūmanawa,” in 2013, from kaumatua and College Fellow Professor Piri Sciascia. The pounamu necklace gifted during the Maori naming of the College will be displayed in in the foyer in Sebastian’s memory. His contributions to Selwyn College were significant, and the College is grateful for his loyalty and dedication.

A memorial service was held at All Saints’ Church on Cumberland Street last Saturday 19th August, attended by Sebastian’s family, friends and representatives of Selwyn College. Following the service the haka and waiata were performed in the Selwyn Quadrangle by current residents. The unique and special character of Selwyn College was proudly demonstrated during this touching display. Those who knew Sebastian may share their memories of him by contacting the College at [email protected] or by post to Selwyn College, 560 Castle Street, Dunedin 9016.

By William Mohammed | Posted: Thursday August 24, 2017