For amateur historians and trivia collectors everywhere

Location: Masterton, New Zealand

I survived school history despite the best efforts of the education system to bore me to death. Many years later, I discovered Treaties, dates, the movement of nations, are mere context. The fascination is in the details.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Meetings and paintings - Attended the A.G.M. of the N.Z. Ship and Marine Society in Wellington's historic Bond Store building yesterday. The society has members worldwide and always welcomes more. Take a look at our new, improved, completely re-designed web site and see what you get for a very small annual subscription.
Took the opportunity to visit the Museum of Wellington, in the same building, and see their exhibition "A Shepherd and his Ships" - 70 ship paintings by Frank Barnes (1859-1941). Barnes is classed as a "naive" painter, although some of his best work approaches the detail of draughtsmanship. Not much is known about him except that he probably jumped ship in Wellington and was a loner with a binge drinking problem. He worked as a shepherd and boundary rider on a coastal property owned by the Riddiford family.
Sadly, Frank Barnes is buried in an unmarked grave. Donations in the box provided at the exhibition will, hopefully, rectify that.


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