BLOOMFIELD - CHARLES 1848 ------- 1926
edmondsallan- Good morning - Bloomfield was famous in NZ for his Paintings . In general, although he traveled all over NZ in the old days he is in general a forgotten early settler and part of our heritage . Although he was close to all our family -- or in and out of our beloved Northland he is not a relative . Why are we looking at him then ? if he is not a " cussie " of some kind . The answer is - " To expand our Knowledge " about many of our people in " Aoteroa ". When we step out into another part of our planet it is also to increase my knowledge of the world I live in . If you want to come along , just hop on to the " Family Tree Circle " web site ( if you are not already ). The gathering / compiling of members knowledge is huge . And it is free !!! .Having taken a sip of my first cuppa for the day , lets get moving .
Charles Blomfield, the son of Elizabeth Emily Hickman and her husband, William Blomfield, a cutler, was born on 5 January 1848 in Holborn, London, England, the seventh of nine children. Charles's father died in 1857 leaving Elizabeth a young widow with eight children (the eldest son, William, had died in 1856). She managed for five years, but in 1862 decided to emigrate to New Zealand with the Albertland settlement association which hoped to start a nonconformist community there. Her second son, Samuel, married by this time with two small children, agreed to bring his own family as well, but the two eldest daughters preferred to remain in London.They arrived on 9 February 1863 in Auckland where they decided to settle. Elizabeth worked as a midwife, Samuel found work in the building industry, and Charles was employed by a house They arrived on 9 February 1863 in Auckland where they decided to settle.
Blomfield travelled extensively throughout New Zealand on painting expeditions. He used all types of transport, including stage-coach, packet steamer, train and rowing boats. He stayed with friends, in boarding houses and sometimes rented cottages. He often walked great distances, camping in the bush or sleeping in the porch of a Maori chief's whare. He carried all his camping and painting gear and basic foodstuffs, consisting mainly of flour, porridge, bread and tinned meat, but also learned to catch fish, eels, rabbits and hares to supplement his meals. Blomfield frequently travelled alone, but sometimes took a friend and (later) one of his children with him. While Charles was away Ellen had to look after the household and bring up the children on her own.
On 31 December 1875, during one of his camping trips, Blomfield reached Lake Rotomahana and saw the Pink and White Terraces, which he found 'exceedingly beautiful and graceful'. He managed to paint a few pictures.Some years later Blomfield decided to return to the area, and in 1884 he arranged through a friend, Charles Haszard, to pay a lump sum so that he was allowed to stay as long as he pleased. Accompanied by his eight-year-old daughter, he camped and painted for six weeks, taking home many different aspects of the terraces. Early on the morning of 10 June 1886 Mt Tarawera erupted, destroying the terraces. Blomfield was heartbroken, and decided to see the devastation for himself. He returned to the area in October and painted several scenes of the terrible destruction. Realising that the paintings he had made of the terraces were a valuable record, he refused to sell them, and made many scale copies for sale instead. The prices for these soon trebled in value.Blomfield continued to travel throughout New Zealand painting pictures of mountains, rivers, lakes and cloud effects, but his greatest love remained the native bush.He was a frequent exhibitor with the Auckland Society of Artists from 1873 to 1877 and the Auckland Society of Arts from 1881. He also exhibited at the New Zealand Industrial Exhibitions in Wellington in 1885 and 1889, the New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition in Dunedin in 1889--90, the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880--81, and the New Zealand International Exhibition in Christchurch in 1906--7. He was represented at the National Centennial Exhibition of New Zealand Art in 1940.Charles Blomfield died in Auckland on 15 March 1926; Ellen Blomfield died in 1945. Their daughter, Elizabeth, who had been taught by her father, exhibited as Bessie Blomfield until 1908; following her marriage, she exhibited as Bessie Kendon. She died in 1984 aged 104.
" 104 " I reckon the " Cussies & Mokapunas " would have heard some great stories of early NZ. I wonder if his decendants still have some . If you do , what about sharing them with us . Most of us can find alround the world our ladder of Descent from way back . Just a matter of finding the printed knowledge and rechecking it to see if it is corrct .The more we do , the better we get . Stories or anything on the lives of people ,I consider the cream of Genealogy , because that is what is not usually passed on ,when that particular person says, good bye to us . The more individual's we know , the more stories of their times / family / troubles etc' , the more we may be able to save, for future generations to read and establish a mental picture of that person , usually their relative . Put that together with their ancestry and we have the best ancestory any one can have . It is only recently that I have started to appreciate , the guidance, the pass me on's , put your share in , that my Great Granfather " Samuel John Edmonds " visulized. He was absolutely spot on .Till we meet again - Regards -edmondsallan