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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

DOUGLAS, Charles Edward (Mr Explorer Douglas) 1840–1916

DOUGLAS, Charles Edward (Mr Explorer Douglas) 1840–1916

On his mother's side descended from the engraver Sir William Fettes. His father, an accountant, was a successful and diligent painter; his brother, Sir William Fettes Douglas, a notable Scottish painter. He attended the Royal High School, Edinburgh, and worked as a bank clerk in Edinburgh. Emigrated to New Zealand, was cadet on a sheep run in North Otago, gold miner at Shotover, prospector, packer, cattle farmer in South Westland. After friendship with explorer/surveyor Gerhard Mueller was instructed in use of a compass chain and became in 1868–89 a “half-time explorer” page 82 who sent in maps and reports, a reconnaisance surveyor for the Lands Department 1889–1903. Like the rest of the family he developed his talent for painting. Contributed to the Appendices of the Journal of the House of Representatives. Exhibited: NZ and South Seas Ex, Dunedin 1889–90, an oil. Represented: Turnbull; his sketchbook containing sketches in watercolour and in wash is in Hocken; sketches in the Westland Museum, Hokitika.