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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

SMITH, Stephenson Percy 1840–1922

SMITH, Stephenson Percy 1840–1922

Born Suffolk, at the age of nine came with his parents to New Zealand in the Pekin; in 1850 they settled in New Plymouth. 1855 became a Government Survey Cadet under Octavius Carrington, was one of the party of surveyors on the first sketching journey from Mokau River to Lake Taupo 1858–59 and made sketches as illustrations for the written account of their doings; was surveyor for the Native Land Purchase Department, Auckland, 1859–65. 1865 went to New Plymouth, 1866–67 to Patea. Became interested in botany, conchology, geology, and anything to do with Maori life. Published many works including Hawaiiki: the Whence of the Maori pub. 1898 and The Wars of the Northern against the Southern Tribes of New Zealand in the 19th Century pub. 1904. Watercolours and wash drawings of the 1859–65 period are in Turnbull. His illustrated typescript Reminiscence of a Pioneer Surveyor, from 1840–1916 is in AIML. Drawings dated 1858 are in his Notes on a Journey from Taranaki in the Hocken.