Colonial Homestead website


The historic Stoney Homestead, now at the centre of Millwater estate in Silverdale, Auckland.

Pen and Ink
Released as a limited edition of 250 numbered and signed prints on archival paper

Framed: 590mm x 493mm (23 1/4 in x 19 1/2 in)
Unframed: 482mm x 385mm (19 in x 15 1/4 in)


In the mid 1860s Major Butler Stoney purchased a 100 acre lot at the Wade, now known as Silverdale. The Major's second son Harry settled there and built a cottage, later leaving it to his younger brother Walter who extended it to its present size with the addition of the back wing in 1904. The house was constructed of pit-sawn kauri with a shingled roof, of which parts are still intact under the iron.

At first the land was worked for kauri gum and then established as a dairy farm, which it remained apart from a temporary changeover to sheep in the 1930's. The farm was owned by the Stoney family until the 1990's when it was sold to developers. The homestead is now a protected building on the Millwater Estate and is being restored for public use. I lived there with my wife and twin daughters for five years from 1983.

Colonial Homestead detail 


"Homestead" is the second study in a series of six pen and ink drawings of New Zealand colonial life. 

To replicate the original artwork, the drawing has been printed using only black ink on archival quality paper. 


Framed Homestead

Size framed: approx 590mm x 493mm

Celebrating New Zealand's pioneering history, the Colonial Collection limited edition prints are now available in a smart satin-black timbermoulding, with a square profile, and a generous cream mat around the pen and ink image.
Unframed prints are supplied gently rolled in a strong sealed tube that may be used for safe storage until a later date.   

Colonial Collection

Gumdiggers thumb     Homestead thumb      Working Horses thumb
"Gumdiggers"                                    "Homestead"                                 "Working Horses"
Under Way thumb         Team Work thumb          Panning on the Clutha thumb
          "Under Way"                                 "Team Work"                            "Panning on the Clutha"
For around fifteen years, up until the mid '90s, I worked almost exclusively in pen and ink using a stipple technique, known colloquially as "pointillism". My drawings, each taking hundreds of hours to complete, were done entirely in very fine dots using a 0.18mm hollow nib.

These six pieces in the Colonial Collection were the culmination of that period. The editions are limited to 250 numbered & signed prints on archival paper.
Each picture has a unique story and comes complete with its detailed history label on the back. 
The last of the remaining prints, including a handful of edition numbers and the full range of artist's proofs, have been made available with new framing. These can be purchased individually or as groups, with matching numbers, which can be arranged in various ways. 
Prices in $NZ
Framed: $350
Unframed: $250
New Zealand delivery included


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