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Sinclair, Isabella McHutcheson

Barbara Bennett Peterson

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Sinclair, Isabella McHutcheson (1840–1890), author and illustrator, was born near Stirling, Scotland. William and Isabella Phelps McHutcheson are believed to be her parents, and her father was employed by the Inland Revenue Service. He is thought to have been the brother of Elizabeth McHutcheson Sinclair, the matriarch who bought the Hawaiian island of Niihau with her sons in 1864. The William McHutcheson family migrated in 1861 from Scotland to Canterbury, New Zealand, probably to live near the family of Elizabeth Sinclair (widowed in 1846), who had originally settled at Pigeon Bay in 1843. Private tutoring offered Isabella McHutcheson a gentlewoman’s education and developed her early-recognized artistic abilities. She was well versed in the lore of the Maoris and understood their knowledge of flowering New Zealand plants....

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