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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

WYNYARD, Col. Robert Henry 1802–1864

WYNYARD, Col. Robert Henry 1802–1864

Born at Windsor Castle, his father General William Wynyard, his mother a Lady in Waiting to Caroline, Queen of George III. Served with the forces in New Zealand October 1845–January 1847, in command of the 58th Regt during the war in the north and afterwards in Auckland. January 1851 appointed in command of the forces in New Zealand, was Lieut-Governor of New Ulster 1851–53 and Acting Governor of New Zealand December 1853–September 1855. Was also Superintendent of Auckland. In 1859 when the 58th were withdrawn from service in New Zealand he left Auckland. Served later in the Cape Colony in command of the armed forces, Lieut-Governor and Governor in Chief. 1863 was invalided to England and died there. His sketches are of great historical value; the greater number are of Auckland. Made copies of his own work, and now and then they are found in other painters' papers. A drawing of Auckland c.1855 is in Hocken.