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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

FITZHERBERT, William Alfred 1843–1906

FITZHERBERT, William Alfred 1843–1906

Born in London, son of Sir William Fitzherbert who came to New Zealand about 1846. Educated at W. Wheeler's Grammar School, Wellington; in Sydney, and at Canterbury College. Was articled to the Provincial Engineer until 1863, took up farming in the Wanganui district for a time, but 1872 was appointed Assistant Engineer to page 96 the Wellington Provincial Council and in the next few years worked in the Bulls district and towards Wanganui. Was engaged on the Paekakariki deviation survey. From 1876–81 was Hutt County Engineer then assisted Petone Borough. Then farmed again in the Hutt Valley and in Hawke's Bay, helped promote Wellington-Manawatu Railway Company, and was Director for ten years. Was also Mayor of Lower Hutt, where he died. His sketchbook of scenes at survey camps on Oraura and Rangitikei Rivers and of Maori portraits is in the Hocken.