Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook
PORTER, Capt. Robert Field
A Liverpool ship owner who, after business reverses, brought his family first in 1839 to Port Lincoln, Adelaide; then via Sydney and Hobart, to Auckland in 1841. Sailed to Australia bringing stock for farming, labourers and tradesmen in two of his own ships: sold one in Australia and sailed in the other to Auckland. Set up as a merchant on the Auckland waterfront and bought farm land in West Tamaki, now St. Helier's Bay. Elected member of the Legislative Council. Exhibited: Society of Artists, Auckland, 1875. Represented: ACAG, Turnbull.