Greenwood, Sarah (c. 1809–1889)

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Greenwood, Sarah (c. 1809–1889)

New Zealand artist, letter writer, and teacher. Name variations: Sarah Field. Born Sarah Field, c. 1809 (baptized, Dec 20, 1809), in Lambeth, London, England; dau. of John Field (wax chandler) and Mary Ann (Jones) Field; m. John Danforth Greenwood (physician), 1831; children: 13.

After poor health forced her husband to retire from his London practice, settled with family near Paris, France, returning to England to raise capital to purchase shares in New Zealand Company (1842); immigrated to New Zealand to settle their land (1843); recorded pioneer life in letters and sketches of Nelson district; with two of her daughters, opened boarding school for girls (1866).

See also Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (Vol. 1).