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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

CHAPMAN, Henry Samuel 1803–1881

CHAPMAN, Henry Samuel 1803–1881

Born Kennington, London, educated partly on the Continent. Worked in financial institutions in London and Holland, was merchant in Quebec for ten years, visiting England periodically and travelling over North America. In 1833 became a newspaper proprietor in Montreal, then agent in England for Canadian liberals: an old friend of John Stuart Mill, he was now in touch with such men as Ricardo and E. G. Wakefield. In the late 1830s read for the Bar, was admitted to Middle Temple 1840 and published the first issue of The New Zealand Journal. In 1843 appointed judge for the southern division of New Zealand, including Wellington and Nelson, and sailed with his wife and son in the Bangalore, the same ship as new Governor FitzRoy. Lived in Karori, Wellington, for nine page 64 years. 1852 went to Van Dieman's Land as Colonial Secretary for a year, then practised as lawyer in Melbourne. Returned New Zealand 1864 as a judge in Dunedin, where he spent rest of his life. Lost his wife, two sons and a daughter by shipwreck 1866. Retired from the Bench 1875, and presumably had time to devote to painting. Exhibited: OAS 1878–80.