Ramblings of a much published New Zealand author

18 August 2011

New Zealand Odyssey: Captain Simeon's House, Lyttelton

'New Zealand Odyssey', published in 1989 by Heinemann, was authored by me, Don Donovan (who did the text and illustrations) and Euan Sarginson, who did the photography and design. In this series of blog posts, I will publish some of my drawings.



This picture postcard cottage on Godley Quay cried out for inclusion in New Zealand Odyssey - not only that, I also put it into a book I wrote and illustrated titled New Zealand House and Cottage

The house was built between 1853 and 1860 by a Lyttleton businesman, Henry Le Cren.
-->But mystery surrounds Captain Charles Simeon; he's hard to pin down. He came from a wealthy English family and arrived at Lyttelton in October 1851 complete with a pregnant wife, five children, a governess, cook, housemaid, footman, lady’s maid and housekeeper - a retinue described by Charlotte Godley, who accommodated them upon their arrival, as ‘alarming’!

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