Jock (J. E.) Fraser (1899-1980) New Zealand

Biographical Information

J. E. (Jock) Fraser 1899 - 1980 was born in Dunedin. As a young man he trained as a primary school teacher, and later studied drawing and watercolour painting at Heatherleys Art School in London.

With the outbreak of World War II Jock Fraser served in the Intelligence Section of the 26th New Zealand Infantry Brigade, both in Greece and the Western Desert. In 1941 he was captured at Sidi Rezegh, and spent the remainder of the war as a prisoner at Campo 52 in Genoa.

There he passed the boredom of camp life by drawing on scraps of writing paper.

Jock Fraser's drawing provided a remarkable record of camp life, focusing on the every day routine of the prisoners existence: roll call, meal time and entertainments.

He returned to New Zealand when the war ended and resumed his teaching career. From 1947 - 1954 he taught at Hampstead school in Ashburton, where he became headmaster. Later he made his home in Timaru, and became well known both as an artist and teacher. Edit or add to this biography

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Watercolour, 24 x 34 cm
Contemporary & Modern Art , International Art Centre, Auckland.
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