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Trethewey, William Thomas



  • Existence: 1892 - 1956


The sculptor William Trethewey was born in Christchurch of Cornish parents. Though largely self-taught he attended some classes at the School of Art, Canterbury College. In 1906 he was apprenticed to Mr. Henry Charles Bullen, a Christchurch woodcarver. In 1920 he set up in business on his own account. His first commission was the Kaiapoi statue of the World War I New Zealand soldier, in 1922. Among his other works in Christchurch and elsewhere in New Zealand are Captain Cook's statue in Victoria Square and the Christchurch War Memorial, beside the Anglican Cathedral.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

William Trethewey papers

Identifier: Arch 0508
Scope and Contents

The papers of Christchurch sculptor William Trethewey includes scrapbooks; photographs; negatives; press clippings and other papers, including some family papers. Includes a 1919 catalogue of the Canterbury Society of Arts.

Includes papers relating to projects Trethewey was involved with including the Kaiapoi War Memorial; Christchurch War Memorial; Captain Cook Statue and of exhibitions at the Canterbury Society of Arts and in Wellington.

Dates: c1913-1996