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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

LIARDET, Wilbraham Frederick Evelyn 1799–1878

LIARDET, Wilbraham Frederick Evelyn 1799–1878

An untrained artist with qualities of a true primitive. Born London, descendant of the diarist John Evelyn, said to have inherited a fortune and spent it before he arrived in Melbourne 1839. Made a record of the first buildings in Melbourne and compiled an unpublished History of Early Melbourne 1835–1876. Built and ran an hotel on Liardet's Beach, later Port Melbourne, and ran a coach and four page 152 to the gold diggings. Visited New Zealand 1863, and was in Dunedin 1865, Wellington and Thames, 1868, drawing, painting and making lithographs. Was in England 1869–74, returned first to Australia, then to Wellington where a relative Louisa Evelyn Liardet was married to J. F. F. Wright. Died in Wellington. At the time of his death was working on an illustrated history of Victoria with engravings from his drawings. A painting of “The Thames Goldfield in N.Z. 1868” was “Dedicated to James Mackay Esq. Jnr. Commissioner, by his obedient servant, W. F. Evelyn Liardet under the distinguished patronage of the Hon. John Williamson Superintendent of the District of Auckland”. Represented: Turnbull, Hocken, and La Trobe Library of the State Library of Victoria.