Caroline Chevalier

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Caroline Chevalier (néeWilkie; 23 March 1836 – 26 December 1917) was a British writer and one of the first women to write about travelling in New Zealand. [1] On her death, a collection of her deceased husband's works was given to the New Zealand government. [2]

Chevalier was born in London, [3] the daughter of Frederick and Sarah Wilkie. [4] She was married to Nicholas Chevalier, and the Scottish artist David Wilkie was one of her relatives. [1]

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  1. 1 2 Day, Melvin N. "Chevalier, Caroline and Chevalier, Nicholas". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography . Ministry for Culture and Heritage . Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  2. Museum of New Zealand
  3. 1871 England Census
  4. England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975