After a long and distinguished career, most of which was spent ay Otago University, John Shand intimated his intention to resign his position at a University Council meeting of 15th April 1913.
From that day’s Ashburton Guardian we have:
The resignation of Dr Shand, Professor of Natural Philosophy at Otago University, was received at to-day’s meeting of the University Council. The resignation is to date from March 31st, 1914. Reference was made by several members to the splendid work Dr Shand had performed in the University since his appointment in 1870. A motion of appreciation of Dr Shand’s valuable services will be proposed at a subsequent meeting. Intimation of the resignation will be forwarded to the Otago Presbyterian Church Board of Property, with whom the appointment of a, new professor lies, subject to the concurrence of the Presbyterian Synod of Otago and Southland.
His position at the university was advertised locally, among other places, in the Evening Post of 27th August 1913 (page 2):
Evening Post, 27th August 1913
The vacant position was, of course, advertised elsewhere, even in Scotland with an entry in The Scotsman of 3rd September 1913 (page 1).