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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

WILLIAMS, Lieut Col. Edward Arthur RA c.1824–1898

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WILLIAMS, Lieut Col. Edward Arthur RA c.1824–1898

Ensign in the army 1842, colonel when he arrived in New Zealand. Took part in Waikato and Taranaki campaigns. His marvellous collection of drawings and watercolours of the campaigns came in a roundabout way to the Hocken. He sent letters and sketches of this period (1864–65) home to his mother and eldest sister. The collection was sent by his son Brigadier General E. G. Williams CMG to Mrs Forster in New Zealand in December 1931; from her they went to her sister Gertrude Good, Ramanui, Hawera; she sent them to T. K. Skinner, New Plymouth, and thus they came to his son Professor Skinner, the ethnologist, who gave them to Hocken. Also represented: Turnbull.