Missions, moons & masterpieces : the Giffords of Oamaru; Gifford, Michael; 2005;...


Missions, moons & masterpieces : the Giffords of Oamaru


Gifford, Michael

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In 1862, after twelve years as missionary in Labrador, the Reverend Algernon Gifford brought his family to New Zealand. Algernon was the first Church of England minister for North Otago and during 28 years of service was charged with the building of St Luke's Church in Oamaru, as well as churches in Maheno and Hampden. Edward Augustus Gifford was a highly regarded painter in England and Italy before he joined his brother in Oamaru in 1877. His contributions to the country's developing art culture have been reflected in exhibitions of his works still held in New Zealand galleries today. Algernon Charles Gifford, elderst son of Algernon, was sent to England for schooling and University. He returned home to teach at Waitaki Boys' High School, then Christ's College, and he taught mathematics and science at Wellington College for thirty-three years. He was also a noted mountaineer, explorer, photographer and astronomer. Missions, moons and masterpieces: the Giffords of Oamaru is the result of three years' research in New Zealand, England and Italy, as Michael Gifford and his wife Rosalie delved into the lives and careers of three men who contributed significantly to the social, educational, cultural, geographical and scientific life of pioneering and early 20th century New Zealand. Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-212) and index.

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Heritage Press Ltd

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Gifford family

Subject and Association Keywords

Gifford family

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Oamaru (NZ) -- Genealogy

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New Zealand -- Genealogy

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Thomas & Bridget Gallagher Library

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0908708661 (pbk.)

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929.2 GIF

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