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Letters 1842-1890, 1842 - 1890

Identifier: gref001


Typescript of the Greenwood Family letters, 1842-1890, 2 volumes in 1, edited by Mary Elizabeth Greenwood 1948-1951. Includes photographs of drawings, some of which are attributed to Sarah and to her daughter Ann. Omits material relating to voyage. Includes letters 1950-1954 from Mary Elizabeth Greenwood to Dr. Robert Stout re copying, at back.


  • Creation: 1842 - 1890

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Biographical information

John Danforth Greenwod was born in London in 1802 (or 1803?) and died in Motueka in 1890. Sarah Greenwood (nee Field) was born in London in 1809 and died in Motueka in 1889. Danforth - a physician - and Sarah married in 1831 and had 13 children. In 1837, with 5 children, they moved to France and in 1842, with another 3 children and one on the way, they sailed aboard the 'Phoebe' for New Zealand, where they settled in Motueka, later dividing their time between Motueka and Nelson, where Danforth served as Inspector of Schools from 1857-63, after which he was Headmaster of Nelson College until 1865. He subsequently became Sergeant at Arms in the House of Representatives (1866-1877). Sarah continued to paint and draw, seeking to present a truthful representation of nature in her drawings. For a while she and her daughters ran a boarding school tfor girls , in Nelson, but after Mary and Ellen moved to Wellington, she returned to Motueka.

Information largely sourced from Te Ara - - 13 October 2015


1 linear_centimeters (2 volumes in 1 (121, 89 leaves), ports, mounted photos)

Language of Materials



Received with Dr. Robert Stout Collection. Bookplate of Robert, John and Vida Stout.

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