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Charles Armitage Brown was a passenger on the Oriental.

Brown, Charles Armitage

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Born in Gray's Walk, Lambeth, London, 14th April, 1787.

Died suddenly of apoplexy on 5th June, 1842, at the age of 56, and is buried on Marsland Hill, behind St Mary's Church New Plymouth after only 7 months of residency in New Plymouth.

Charles Armitage Brown widowed father of Charles Junior was of Scotch extraction. 

In early life Charles Armitage was a Russian merchant, but failing in that business through the substitution of whalebone for bristles and the anticipation by England of a war with Russia, he devoted himself to literature and art.

Charles Armitage sailed to New Zealand on the 'Oriental' landing at New Plymouth on  7 November, 1841 to join his son Charles, who had sailed to New Zealand on the 'Amelia Thompson' which had arrived arrived earlier on the 3 September 1841.

Charles Armitage apparently spent an unhappy seven months in New Zealand. 

His house stood on the banks of the Te Henui river in New Plymouth and Brown Street commemorates the section on which it stood. 

Charles Armitage Brown prepared a biography of his friend John Keats the famous poet.

References:
Portrait Index, Neg #:  006/2
The New Plymouth Settlement 1841-1843
1840 J Rutherford/Skinner
Taranaki Almanac, 1869
Goodly Stones & Timbers, Margaret H. Alington
The History of Taranaki, B.Wells
Family Biography File
Charles Armitage Brown Family Tree, 929.2 BRO. 

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