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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

EASTWOOD, William 1821–1877

EASTWOOD, William 1821–1877

Born in London, arrived in Auckland 9 February 1863 with his wife and eight children. Worked first as a conveyancing clerk for law firms. After inheriting money able to travel about New Zealand. Was in Whangarei 1867, Thames 1868, Mercury Bay, Napier and Bay of Plenty 1874. In 1874 May-July he visited Australia, was in Sydney and Queensland. Was in Thames 1875, Rotorua and Tauranga 1876, Lyttelton and Dunedin 1877. From 1875 was Chairman of the Onehunga Highway Board. He was a friend and admirer of the painter J. C. Hoyte, and had been with him one of the founders of the Society of Artists, Auckland, and had exhibited with them 1871–75. He was drowned in an accident in Nelson. Exhibited: Sydney Art Exhibition 1872 as an amateur. Represented: ACAG, and a collection of his watercolours is in APL.