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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

PRESTON, Rev. James 1834–1898

PRESTON, Rev. James 1834–1898

A Canterbury primitive. Born England, son of the Rev. W. M. S. Preston, Warcop Hall, Westmoreland. Arrived in Canterbury 1854 and bought a 500-acre farm on the south bank of the Waimakariri and called it “Warcop”; visited the gold diggings in the Nelson area. 1859 went to England, married and returned to New Zealand. Was ordained deacon Christchurch 1870, priest in 1872 when he was appointed to the Geraldine district. Died in Geraldine while he was fishing. Represented: Canterbury Museum.