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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

JOHNSON, Dr John d.1848

JOHNSON, Dr John d.1848

Born probably Scotland, at one time officer and assistant surgeon in the Royal Artillery. Spent some time in New South Wales where he bought a property to farm. Was appointed Colonial Surgeon for New Zealand and arrived Bay of Islands 1840. Visited the projected site of Auckland with Governor Hobson, and was with first group of officials to settle there in September: he made sketches of the first days of Auckland as a settlement. After 1843 held other Government posts. 1845 visited England to bring out his daughters and visit one son in Australia. Made drawings and watercolours of Sydney, and of Auckland and its environs and the Waikato district. A collection of his work, mostly sepia wash drawings, is in AIML; his most historically valuable watercolours and drawings of Auckland's first years are in the Hobson Album, Turnbull.