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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Mr. Charles Decimus Barraud

Mr. Charles Decimus Barraud, Chairman of the Committee of the Sailor's Rest, was elected to succeed Mr. Beetham in 1892, Born in Surrey, England, Mr. Barraud was educated in Camberwell, and after gaining business experience as a chemist and druggist in Southampton and elsewhere, came to New Zealand, per ship “Pilgrim” in 1849. Arriving in Wellington, he commenced business as a chemist in Lambton Quay, and continued till 1887. In this year he had the misfortune to be burnt out, which led Mr. Charles Decimus Barraud to his retiring. Mr. Barraud was the first president of the New Zealand Pharmacy Board. He has ever tal en a keen interest in art, and is president of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts. As a water-colour painter he has attained considerable skill. In 1877 Mr. Barraud compiled “New Zealand, Graphic and Descriptive,” an illustrated work published to his order by Messrs. Sampson and Low, of London. This work is noted for the beautiful illustrations, which are from water-colour paintings by Mr. Barraud, comprising the beauty spots of the Colony. The descriptive matter is from the pen of Mr. W. T. L. Travers, F.L.S. The work, which was published at six guineas, was widely subscribed for. In philanthropic matters Mr. Barraud has taken great interest, especially in connection with the Wellington Hospital Convalescent Fund, of which he was treasmer for several years.