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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

MANTELL, Walter Baldock Durant FGS 1820–1895

MANTELL, Walter Baldock Durant FGS 1820–1895

Born Lewes, Sussex, son of noted geologist Gideon Mantell; educated at Brighton and studied medicine in London. In 1840 arrived New Zealand in the Oriental and took up land at Wainui, but returned to Wellington and was employed by the New Zealand Company and helped form settlements at Wanganui and Taranaki. Had various government posts from 1848–55 including going to Otago as land purchaser. Visited England 1855–59; resigned position with government. On his return in 1860 began a political career, but is remembered for his papers to the New Zealand Institute on the moa beds of Waingongoro (Taranaki) and Waikouaiti (Otago) and drawings in the Takiroa caves, Waitaki Valley, and his interest in Maori language, customs and remains. His scrapbook in the Turnbull contains, as well as his sketches, those of fellow enthusiasts. Two pencil drawings are in Richard Taylor's Journal, vol 5, in AIML.