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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

ABRAHAM, Caroline Harriet, nee Palmer c.1835–1877

ABRAHAM, Caroline Harriet, nee Palmer c.1835–1877

Daughter of Sir Charles Palmer, Wanlip Hall, Leicestershire, and cousin of Sarah Selwyn, wife of George Augustus Selwyn, Bishop of New Zealand. In 1850 she married Rev. C. J. Abraham who went to New Zealand to join the Selwyns and who took up a position as Chaplain and Principal of St John's College, Auckland. She accompanied her husband to England again when in 1858 he was ordained Bishop of Wellington at Lambeth. The Abrahams came back to New Zealand to settle in Wellington and remained there 1858–70, then returned to live permanently in England. Exhibited: Centennial Ex. A collection of her watercolours of the Auckland district in the 1850s is in the ACAG; also represented in Turnbull.