Classical art historian of south Italian pottery from the 5th to the 4th centuries BC. Trendall's father was a woodworker in New Zealand. A severe case of peritonitis forced him a year's recuperation in bed where he developed a passion for literature. At 17 he enrolled at the University of Otago (then part of the University of New Zealand) to study mathematics, but changed after the hearing lectures of T. D. Adams, to classics. He also attended King's College, Auckland.