Gottfried Lindauer

Charles Brookes

Charles Brookes by Gottfried Lindauer

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Charles Brookes was born in 1840 at Great Alne, in the County of Warwick, England. Together with his wife Eliza and daughter Mary Eliza, he immigrated to New Zealand aboard the ship Golden City arriving in Auckland in March 1864.

By 1869 Charles had set up business at 127 Queen Street as a bootmaker, trading under the name “Blue Boot” and in 1887 the business moved shop to Jervois Road in Ponsonby. In those days, the roads and pavements were gravel so there was a demand for boots for men, women and children.

Charles Brookes
Production date
oil on canvas
769 x 641 x 75 mm
reverse upper stretcher bar, brushpoint: 0/197
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the family of Herbert William Brookes, 2001
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No known copyright restrictions
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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