Story: Ideas in New Zealand

'Mr Brees' cottage in Hawkestone Street', 1844

'Mr Brees' cottage in Hawkestone Street', 1844

Samuel Brees's watercolour of his cottage in Wellington is a good expression of the ideal which drove settlers to New Zealand and which they endeavoured to protect once they had arrived. It is a 'middle landscape', free both of the crowded streets of the city and the uncouth wildness of the bush. Instead we see comfortable houses and gardens for families set amid a pastoral landscape.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Watercolour by Samuel Charles Brees

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Jock Phillips, 'Ideas in New Zealand - Wakefield and the ‘better Britain’', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2023)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 22 Oct 2014