Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook
STACK, Major Frederick Rice
Professional soldier who served with distinction in Europe before arriving Auckland July 1857 as Major of Brigade. In Auckland was staff officer to Governor Wynyard until latter left New Zealand 1858. When Gold replaced Wynyard, Stack, a man who seemed to revere regulations above everything, was antagonised by what he felt was laxness of both Gold and Col. Mould of the Engineers, and sent a complaint which in the end led to his dismissal and his writing of an attacking book, Military Law, Honour and Justice in the British Army. In 1860 he painted the Wynyard family, from memory, outside their home; and before he left New Zealand in April 1862 he made six sketches for a book, Views in the Province of Auckland pub. 1862. A set of lithographs is in Hocken and in Turnbull.