Dad at Port Chalmers

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2016

Image dimensions

W51 cm

H61 cm

Acrylic on canvas

My dad Arie was just 20 years old, when he first arrived in NZ, from Holland. The year was 1953 – note wide collar on shirt- the fashion in those days. And that’s Port Chalmers.Dunedin in the background (sort of) based on a very old postcard I found. This painting was quite a challenge, seeing as the only photos I have of my parents from this period, are tiny black and white ones, not much bigger than the old Beehive matchbox. I like to think that Dad would’ve been pleased with the end result. I still miss him. xxxx