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Kāpiti Coast District Libraries has teamed up with supplier Baker & Taylor and their innovative Axis 360 Digital Media Library to bring more than 4,000 free eBooks to library users across the district.

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This Month in NZ History

Death of Frances Hodgkins

13 May 1947

Frances Hodgkins (1869-1947) remains one of New Zealand's best known and most loved expatriate artists. Her artwork and the story of her development as an artist are central to the story of New Zealand art.

Frances Hodgkins was born in Dunedin, but in the second half of her life developed an increasingly strong connection with Wellington and Kāpiti. Her sister Isabel lived on the Kāpiti Coast with husband W H Field, a local farmer, landowner and politician.

Frances felt a romantic attachment to Kāpiti Island and the surrounding landscape, and said that Waikanae had become ‘ancestral’ for the family after their beloved mother Rachel died and was buried there in 1926.

Frances Hodgkins died in a psychiatric hospital in Dorset in May 1947. Her ashes were returned to New Zealand and placed in the family plot in Waikanae cemetery.

The Field Collection, which includes 24 works by Frances Hodgkins, is currently housed in the Mahara Gallery.                                            


The Kāpiti Coast District Libraries Historical Photograph Collection holds a range of interesting images of local people, places and events. If you would like to see more of our collection - contact the Heritage & Māori Collections Co-ordinator.

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