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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

WHITE, Annie Julia née Holmes 1852–1932

WHITE, Annie Julia née Holmes 1852–1932

Born Geelong, Australia, youngest daughter of the Hon. Mathew Holmes MLC who brought his family to New Zealand 1859. They settled at Dunedin except for some years spent at “Lasswade” near Edinburgh where the boys were being educated. Girls were taught privately, with art and music masters and some art lessons in Paris. 1876 Annie Julia married John White, Dunedin barrister and solicitor, whose collection of Maori artifacts is now in Otago Museum. The Whites lived at “Eldin”, Anderson's Bay. Mrs White exhibited with OAS 1876–94 and 1902–19; was on the Council 1888–94 and again from 1902. Was one of the Hodgkins circle, belonged to the Art Club and went on many sketching expeditions, one at least to Milford Sound in a schooner. Visited Europe and just before 1914–18 war spent two years in Leipzig while a daughter studied music; she herself being a gifted singer went to concerts and spent much time page 253 in art galleries. Exhibited: NZ and South Seas Ex Dunedin 1889–90. Her sketchbooks are in Hocken.