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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

CHAPMAN, Sir Frederic Revans 1849–1936

CHAPMAN, Sir Frederic Revans 1849–1936

Born in Wellington, fifth son of H. S. Chapman and brother of painter Ernest Arthur Chapman: educated Church of England Grammar School, Melbourne and in France, Germany, and England where he read for the Bar; called at Inner Temple 1871 and practised as a barrister in London. Returned to New Zealand about 1872 and practised in Dunedin to 1903. He lectured in law, was President of Court of Industrial Arbitration until 1907, thereafter sitting on regular Supreme Court bench. Retired 1921 but was active in legal affairs as well as following his literary interests, and those of ethnology and natural history. He contributed a classic paper to Otago Institute: Maori Methods of Working Greenstone and Moa Remains in the Mackenzie Country. Discovered red manuka, wrote on mountaineering and historical matters and drew and painted. Represented in Hawkes Bay Art Gallery and Museum.