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Painting of Josiah Clifton Firth; 1879; 07

Painting of Josiah Clifton Firth, 1879, 07
Painting of Josiah Clifton Firth
About this object
Oil painting of Josiah Clifton Firth (1826-1897). Firth was an entrepreneur from England who moved out to New Zealand in 1850 and farmed on the Matamata Estate.
Date Made
Medium and Materials
Oil Paint
Place Made
New Zealand
Subject and Association Description
When he arrived in New Zealand (Auckland), Firth began making bricks and had a share in a flour company in Auckland. In 1865, he managed to lease 85,000 acres for the Matamata Estate from Wiremu Tamihana. He bought some of the land, which became the base of the Matamata Estate. He had brief dealings with Te Kooti in 1870 and in 1875 he organised the clearing of the Waihou River/Thames Estuary to open it up for shipping (the use of dynamite to blow up trees that were blocking passage is described in Williams' log of the Kotuku). He was hit hard by the agricultural depression of the 1880s and was declared bankrupt in 1889. He started up a pumice trade between New Zealand, USA and England but died just as this started to become successful.
Firth Collection
Credit Line
Donated by Harold C Firth, grandson of J.C. Firth
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