Historical paintings, maps of Central Otago to be displayed


A series of early paintings and maps of Central Otago will be displayed to the public for the first time.
The works are by John Turnbull Thomson, who was Chief Surveyor for the Otago province from 1876 till 1879.
Great-great-grandson David Hall-Jones, of Wanaka, said he wanted to provide a way for more people to view the works.
‘‘Thomson’s paintings are so wonderful and they are not widely seen because most of them are in my family’s private collections, so to me it is a lovely chance to show the paintings.’’
The paintings had been restored and feature scenes across the region, including an early painting of Lake Wanaka from the 1850s.
Mr Hall-Jones, owner of Domaine Thomson Wines, decided he wanted to combine a love of wine with art history, so has created an afternoon event at Edgewater Resort in Wanaka on Friday, October 12.
The event will be free to the public but, because space would be limited, people were asked to book by emailing kate@domainethomsonwines.com
The works would also be displayed at events planned for Te Anau and Invercargill.
Mr Thomson, known as Surveyor Thomson, explored large areas of Otago on horseback, creating the first maps from the colonial era of the territory.
‘‘He was such an inquiring and intelligent man,’’ Mr Hall-Jones said.
‘‘He wrote a number of books. He wrote a lovely book called Rambles With A Philosopher, where he poses questions with an imaginary person that he is travelling with.’’



Historic journeys . . . 19th century surveyor John Turnbull Thomson. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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