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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook


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I wish to extend my deep appreciation to all the people who have helped me with this book: especially the Librarian and staff of the Auckland City Art Gallery Library; Mr Ian Thwaites and staff of the Auckland Institute and Museum Library; Miss Dorothy Lyon, Miss Pat French and Miss Janice Bell at the Auckland Public Libary; Mr Anthony Murray-Oliver, Miss Janet Paul and the staff of the Art Department, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington; the Canterbury Museum, Christchurch; the New Zealand Room, Canterbury Public Library, Christchurch; the General Assembly Library, Wellington; Mrs Nola Barron and staff of the Canterbury Society of Arts, Christchurch; and Mr Michael Hitchings and Mr Tim Garrity of the Hocken Library, University of Otago, Dunedin.

My particular thanks also to those people who have shared their knowledge with me, helping in innumerable ways; in particular Mr John Stacpoole, Mr Gordon Brown, Mr John Webster, Mr P. H. Woods, Miss Marjorie Daniel, Mr Pat Dobbie, Dr Russell Stone, Mr Michael Dunn, Mr Tony Mackle, and Miss Elizabeth Wilson of Auckland; Mr Allan Pullar, Mr David Macmillan, Mrs S. M. Deans, and Mrs Patsy Platts of Christchurch; Mr Ron O'Reilly of New Plymouth; Mrs B. W. Westergaard of Paraparaumu; Miss Olive Bishop of Rotorua and Dr Roger Collins of Dunedin; as well as Mrs May Calder and Mrs Mary Sinclair for whose many hours of proofreading I am particularly grateful.

Then, too, to all the descendants, relations and connections of the nineteenth century painters who helped track down so much valuable information I extend my warmest thanks.

I would also like to thank the galleries and private collectors who gave their permission to reproduce paintings as part of this book, and allowed me free access to their collections. (Each is acknowledged with the appropriate picture.)

Finally I want to express my gratitude to my publishers who page 14 assisted far beyond the call of duty when they gave me hospitality and cosseted me during my long stays in Christchurch. Without such support, encouragement and assistance there could have been no book.

Una Platts

Auckland 1979