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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

TRAVERS, William Thomas Locke 1819–1903

TRAVERS, William Thomas Locke 1819–1903

Born County Limerick, Ireland: educated in France and served with British Foreign Legion in Spain. Studied law in London. 1849 arrived in Nelson, working there as a barrister and solicitor. Later moved to Canterbury, and in 1867 to Wellington, representing all three (Nelson, Canterbury and Wellington) between 1853–78 in the General Assembly. Was interested in botany and ornithology; one of the founders of the New Zealand Institute. Botanical drawings lithographed by Buchanan for the Institute's Transactions. Wrote the descriptive text for C. D. Barraud's book, New Zealand: Graphic and Descriptive pub. 1877. Exhibited: ASA 1882–84; NZ Academy of Fine Arts 1889. Represented: Turnbull.