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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

KOCH, Augustus Karl Frederick 1835–1901

KOCH, Augustus Karl Frederick 1835–1901

Born Berlin; studied at the Royal Academy and under Mandel, portrait painter and engraver; made caricatures for Kladderadatsch. Went to sea for health reasons; became second officer in an East India trader. Was in Auckland 1858 when the Novara arrived, and joined Hochstetter as artist: projected the first large map of Auckland. Remained in employ of government, surveying, mapping and subdividing around Auckland. He introduced the process in photography of printing from negatives. Was first Chief Draughtsman of Hawke's Bay; a mining surveyor on the Thames goldfields; then Chief Draughtsman there in the Public Works Department. Was for 30 years a member and 20 years the chairman of the Thorndon School committee. Exhibited a crayon portrait NZ Ex Dunedin 1865; designs for members' cards, coats-of-arms, etc for Fine Arts Assoc Wtn 1883, and with N.Z. Academy of Fine Arts Wtn.