Caversham, 1852
Juliet Anna Owen Valpy [later Mrs Juliet Pike]
Watercolour on paper
Donated by Dr Robert Fulton, 1907

Judge William Henry Valpy arrived on the ship Ajax on 7 January 1849 with his wife Caroline and five of their six children – Ellen Penelope (22), Catherine Henrietta Elliot (20), William Henry jnr (17), Arabella (15) and Juliet Anna Owen (14). The family settled at Forbury, named after William Henry’s birthplace, and Caversham, named after his mother’s birthplace. This view of the first four houses in Caversham Valley (the residences of Messrs Blackie, McGibbon, Nicholson and Perkins) was a gift from Juliet to her eldest sister Caroline who had not travelled with the family to New Zealand. The painting is recorded as Juliet’s first attempt at ‘watercolour daubing’ and is dated 12 May 1852. That same year Juliet married William Mackworth and went to live in England and later Australia. When Mackworth died, Juliet and her daughter Wilhemina, returned to Dunedin. Juliet remarried and had four more children, although the marriage ultimately did not last. She died in 1911.
Juliet Pike
Production Date
Nov 1852
225 (h) x 328 (w) mm
490 (h) x 510 (w) mm (mat)