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JOHNSON, Arthur Thomas, 1869-195-

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JOHNSON, Arthur Thomas, 1869-195-


JOHNSON, Arthur Thomas, 1869-195-

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1 vol. (88p.)

Former NRAM reference number:



Johnson's father was a Swedish sailor who settled in Nelson in the 1860s and became coxswain of the Pilot Boat, Customs Tide Waiter and a boatbuilder. He later built a camera obscura, which was portable, and provided entertainment at large gatherings. Johnson worked for Franzens (ships' chandlers) at the Port for 45 years. The family lived on Wakefield Quay and the father ran the salt-water baths for a period, with the help of his wife and family. Johnson was a member of the Nelson Naval Volunteers, and later an officer in the Territorial Army.

Johnson gives an account of his schooldays in the 1870s, his later life, and biographical notes about some of his ten brothers and sisters and about his mother who was possibly the first European child born in Nelson. The volume includes newsclippings about rowing and Port Nelson, some written by Johnson under the pseudonym Glasseye.


Dates covered:

1875 - 1950

Access conditions:

Not restricted

Format if not original:

Photocopy and a typed copy

Location of original:

In private hands

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